When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a real estate agent, do touch-ups, get the hvac system serviced (buyers will ask for it to be taken care of), de-cluttering, getting rid of things that don't bring you joy-----Thank you Marie Kondo, clean out the closets, look into staging... It’s no surprise that sometimes things are forgotten. Big things. The following is a list of to-do's that sellers typically overlook. These tasks are well worth the time it will take to complete them (which isn't very long at all).
To-do No. 1: Google your address
Check out the Internet to find out what’s being said about your property. 90% of buyers online search during their hunt for a home, they scour Zillow, Trulia, and more. You should be aware of what your online listing looks like, since it will influence the kinds of concerns buyers might have.
Is the site's estimated value very different from your asking price? It might be because tax records have the wrong information about the number of bedrooms or bathrooms your house has, this is an easy fix. Another thought... Google Maps’ street view of your property may not show improvements that you’ve made, so you’ll want to be sure to include those updates in your listing. Your realtor will make sure that this is included in the listing description.
To-do No. 2: Account for improvements and issues
If you've owned your home for a while, make a list of all the problems you've solved while you've lived there. This could include chimney fires, heat pump issues, or a flood in the basement. Even if you solved the problem, you should disclose this information to the buyer so you don't wind up in a lawsuit after the sale. Yikes!
To-do No. 3: Check your real estate agent's references
An agent’s unprofessional behavior or incompetence could cost you time, money, and peace of mind, so it’s well worth taking extra steps to find the best agent for you. Ask friends for recommendations.
Check that the people you’re considering have a current real estate license with no complaints filed against them. Meet the agent and see if you "click". Remember, you will be working together for months. Make sure they are good communicators and will keep you in the loop on what is going on with your home.
To-do No. 4: Insist on social media marketing
Your home has been staged beautifully, you picked a competitive price, and listed the property, but there’s something else you’ll need to prepare before you’re ready to sell...a social media plan. Here are a few ideas to include in your marketing plan: Video tours, floor plans, and professional photo galleries promoted on Facebook and Instagram are must-dos.
Make sure that your agent is using all modes of media to attract the right buyer for your home and make sure your home has a presence on your agent’s website, their agency’s website, and is promoted on various sites that will market the home and give information about open houses.
To-do No. 5: Make sure the doorbell rings
Seems like a silly thing... It's those little cosmetic repairs that could cost you your home sale. If buyers see that you can’t even be bothered to repair a broken doorbell, they’re automatically going to think about what else may need fixing and view the home negatively. Pay attention to the small details.
First impressions are lasting. A well-kept home, starting with the curb appeal, gives the perception that the seller has taken great pride in the home and has taken good care of it. This leaves a lasting impression on buyers.
To-do No. 6: Clean inside EVERYTHING
Storage is a huge selling point for homes. WARNING: Buyers are going to poke around inside closets, drawers, cabinets, ovens, refrigerators, and even the dishwasher, whether they’re cleaned or not—Buyers can be snoopy for good reason. So make sure they are clean.
Spending the money to deep-clean your home will come back to you in your sales price. Even if you’ve swept up and scrubbed all surfaces to a shine, you’re not done until dust, crumbs, and creepy crawlies ewwww... are cleaned out from the small spaces too.
To-do No. 7: Clarify which items are not included
You don't want a buyer to fall in love with your house because of the window treatments and then rescind their offer when they find out the curtains aren't for sale. Ugh! This could of been a non-issue if only it was clarified at the very beginning.
Anything bolted to the wall or ceiling goes to the buyer unless specifically excluded in the contract. If you want to take your flat-screen TV, chandelier, or ceiling fan, be sure to label it as soon as the house goes on the market, so that buyers don't plan on owning that item and wind up disappointed.
These are some to-do's, that tend to be forgotten, when selling your home. Don't be a that seller that forgets the BIG things when getting ready to sell your home.
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