3 Rules That Can Make or Break a Home Sale

Ready to sell your house this spring or summer? While you might not think so, there is a lot more to it than simply putting a ‘for sale’ sign in your yard. Alas, times have changed and it’s just not that simply any more.

Here are three rules to follow that can make or break your home sale:

  1. Price It to Sell: Don’t come out of the gate with a crazy price or one that’s not inline with the market. Work with your realtor and settle on a price that makes sense — avoid going over asking price. Aim for market price or even a bit below. Starting out with a great price from the onset could make all the difference in how quickly your home sells.
  2. Crank Up Marketing: Don’t just expect the ‘Field of Dreams’ plan of action to work when it comes to selling a home. You need to do more than just put it out there to catch the attention of prospective buyers. Work with your realtor to use all the resources available — from social media and video tours to the more traditional open houses and home listings. If you want them to come, then you have to tell them you’re there!
  3. Set the Stage: While your home decor could very well be something right out of Better Homes and Gardens, you want to create an environment that appeals to prospective homebuyers. Invest in professional home staging. This process will create a feel that shows your home in the best light while creating a feeling and design that is most likely to appeal to more home buyers.

Ready to prepare your home and get it on the market for this year’s top selling season? Contact me today and let me guide you from listing to sale!

4 Maintenance Tasks for Home Sellers

Just because you’ve put your house on the market doesn’t mean you get to throw in the rake … even if you’ve already moved out. In order to keep your home looking appealing to potential buyers, you need to keep up with basic maintenance. 

Here are four maintenance tasks you want to stay on top of throughout the home selling process:

  • Yard and Walkways: Keep your curb appeal in top form by completing weekly yard maintenance, keep landscaping tidy, and clear all walkways and driveways. If you aren’t able to do this yourself, find a local yard service that can keep things looking prestige on your behalf.
  • Check Gutters and Maintain Roof: Neglecting gutters and roof issues can cause serious side effects. Keep gutters clean to prevent drainage and foundation issues and repair any roof damage.
  • Windows and Screens: Give your home that warm and inviting look by keeping your windows and screens clean. Windows that are covered in gunk are not inviting and might give prospective home buyers the idea that you’re hiding something inside.
  • Heating and AC: From hvac systems to chimneys, keep them clean and tidy. Have a repair crew come out and inspect, clean, and repair any damage before your home goes on the market. You want to ensure these items are in tip-top shape before prospective buyers come into your home.

And to help impress prospective buyers who might drive by to check out the neighborhood, keep your mailbox clutter free and consider installing light timers, both inside and outside, to give your home a warm and appealing glow of happiness.

Selling a Home: Your Home’s First Impression

home stagingWhen it comes to selling your home, there is more to it than simply connecting with a licensed Mississippi real estate agent and popping a For Sale sign in your front yard.  If you want to compete with other houses and draw in prospective homebuyers, then you need to up your curb appeal and home staging game.

Remember how your mom used to tell you about how important it is to make a good first impression?  Well, this is one of those times!  You will only get one shot to impress and draw-in homebuyers, so make sure you’re putting your home’s best foot forward.

Sell a Home: Curb Appeal

Your home’s first impression is its curb appeal — you want your home to be inviting and welcoming from the moment a potential buyer pulls up to the curb.  Remember, you only get one shot to engage with them enough that they’ll want to come in and take a tour, so make sure you put your best foot forward.

Here are a few great ways to create engaging curb appeal:

  • Step one is to tidy up the yard.  Rake up any leaves or branches, remove dead or dying plants from the beds and replace them with fresh seasonal flowers, and mow the yard.
  • Remove excess clutter from the front porch, but leave elements that give a warm and inviting appearances like chairs for sitting, a small table, and a couple of potted plants.
  • The next step is to spruce up the exterior of the house.  By that, we mean the siding, paint, and gutters.  Replace or repair broken pieces and patch openings.
  • Finally, give your windows a good cleaning on both the exterior and interior of your house.

Sell a Home: Home Staging

To give potential buyers that ‘ahhhhhhhh’ moment when they walk through the door, make sure your home staging is on point!  Follow these tips to create the perfect setting:

  • Clear out the clutter by packing away any items that could detract from a potential homebuyer imagining the home as their own — we’re talking pictures, kid’s toys and artwork.  You might also consider decluttering shelves, stashing jewelry and toiletry items in drawers, and ensuring that your bathroom is pristine.
  • You want to make each room appear as spacious as you can, so start by removing and storing furniture that isn’t a necessity.  Another trick to making a room appear bigger is to roll up area rugs and rearrange the furniture that is left to create a more intimate, cozy setting.
  • The next step to perfect home staging is to stay as neutral as possible — and of course, we’re talking paint colors.  Painting is a quick fix that will freshen up the appearance of your home’s interior. Keeping things neutral, like a soft grey or beige color, will help support the buyer’s imagination of what the house could look like if they purchase it.  Plus, the fresh coat of paint gives the appearance of being move-in ready!
  • And finally, create a sense of home and tranquility by setting the mood.  Leaving a plate of warm cookies (without nuts in case of food allergies) and a note will envoke a feeling of love and happiness, enhancing the buyer’s emotional connection to your home.  You can also play calming music in the background.

Have more questions on how to stage your home like a pro?  Contact me and I’ll help you create the perfect first impression!

 

How to Search for a Home

When house-hunting fever strikes, it’s easy to let it take over and just download the latest real estate app and immediately hit the streets to tour homes on your own.  If you want to be successful though, there are a few tips and questions you should prepare for first.

To help you find the best possible home for you and your family, here are my best tips on how to search for a new home the right way.

Do Your Research First

Yes, your real estate agent is the expert, but as with anything in life, you want to come to the table prepared.  Do your homework and be proactive!

Check out the neighborhoods you like online and drive around the area on the weekends and in the evenings, so you can get a feel for your potential neighbors, the activity and vibe of the area, the schools, and the overall community.

Understand the Terminology and Process

Purchasing a home is unlike any other purchase you’ll ever make.  It’s both exciting and overwhelming, so you want to be as prepared as possible before you begin the process.

If this is your first home purchase, take time to understand the real estate process and basic terminology.

Home Search Tips

  • Avoid searching for homes that are over your budget.  Establish your parameters before you start your home search, stay within your budget, and allow some wiggle room for negotiating.
  • Always take your realtor with you when you tour a home.  Their extra set of expert eyes will spot things you might otherwise overlook.  Also, if they let you, snap a few photos and takes notes so you can remember the details about the house later.
  • Before you make an offer, walk through the home twice.  You might be surprised by what you notice the second time through.
  • Speaking of touring a home, open all doors, windows, and cabinets.  You want to know as much as you can about the house before you consider making an offer.
  • If it’s your second walkthrough, bring your tape measure and make sure the house will fit your furniture.  Also, take a moment to just sit quietly in the living and the master bedroom to find out how much outside noise you can hear.  If possible, tour the home first on a weekday and the second time on a weekend so you’ll get a full idea of what the neighborhood is like.

Work with a Realtor

In today’s digital age, with so much information available at your fingertips, many people wonder if they really need to work with a realtor or if they can buy and/or sell a home on their own.

While there are some people who are able to do this successfully, trying to buy or sell a home on your own is risky business and not something most of us should attempt.  The experience and expertise a realtor brings to the table can save you time and money.

A realtor will also make the overall search process easier by doing the legwork for you — they will pull together a list of houses that meet your wants and needs and call to schedule the showings on your behalf.

Ready to get started? Contact me now!

Home Value: Estimate Before You Sell

Are you considering selling your home?  Before you start the process of putting your home on the market, do a quick home value estimate first.  A quick estimate will give you an idea of whether or not selling will give you a good enough return on your investment to make now the right time to sell.

Home value estimators also provide a great guide for bidding on a potential home you are interested in.  The estimator will give you an idea of what homes of similar value go for in the same area.  While your realtor will provide you with more information to use in your final offer, an estimator is a great first-line of reference during the process.

Here are two home value estimators I recommend:

Home Value Estimator by NerdWallet

Home Value Estimator by Chase

Once you have your home value estimate, contact me and let’s discuss optimal pricing and get started on the process of getting your home on the market!