1. Price your home accurately. Your agent will analyze comparable sales and prepare an estimate of value often called a CMA, for comparative market analysis. It is OK to compare the Zestimate but note the variances your agent will point out because your listing agent should have the experience and education to provide you with a more accurate opinion of value.
2. Ask your agent to advise you on preparing your home for sale. Most homes show better with about half of the furniture removed. Painting is the single most effective improvement you can make.
3. Choose the best day to list your home. This time period will vary depending on your local community, the weather, time of year, and a host of other factors, including the state of your present real estate market.
4. Be flexible with showings. The best way to sell your home is to let a buyer inside with her buyer’s agent to tour in peace and quiet. Leave the house when buyer’s agents show up.
5. Allow an open house.
6. Insist on professional photography. Of course, if you have hired a top-notch listing agent, your agent most likely already provides professional photos. It’s not enough to just get the angle right in the photo, the most popular photos are rich in color and depth, and they entice.
7. Review your listing online. Look at your home listing on various websites to make sure the information conveyed is accurate. Agents do their best to ensure accuracy, but since it is your home, you know the details better than anyone.
8. Try to respond promptly to a purchase offer. It can drive buyers crazy if they are forced to wait for a seller to decide whether to accept their offer or to issue a counter offer.
9. Line up your movers early. If you are thinking about moving at the end of May, for example, which is the busiest time of the year for movers, you might find it is impossible to locate movers for the day you want. You can start packing before your home hits the market, which will give you a head start on the process.
If you ever have any real estate questions or needs please give Lisa Lang a call at 973-951-5729.