5 Tips To Prepare Your Home for Sale

By. Jason Wrenn.



If one of your goals for 2014 is to sell your home, here’s five easy ways to improve the odds of getting the offer you are looking for:

Price it right
First thing is to set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. A home that’s priced right for the market attracts serious buyers. An overpriced home may miss out on the all important first few weeks of showings, after which time the listing will appear stale.

Prepare for visitors
Get your house market ready at least two weeks before you begin showing. It is better to start from a clean slate, rather than end up rushing to prepare at the last minute. And remember, your home will need to be photographed for the listing, so you don’t want to turn off potential buyers before they even step foot in the door!

Be flexible about showings
It’s often disruptive to keep a house ready to show at the spur of the moment, but the more amenable you can be about letting people see your home, the sooner you’ll find a buyer. Allowing access to your home is critical when selling your home, buyer agents prefer showing homes that are available to show via a lockbox or showing service.

Anticipate multiple offers
In a hot real estate market like Washington D.C. you should anticipate multiple offers for your home (assuming the price is right). Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable.

Be flexible on price
For sellers asking price or above is always ideal, but we must evaluate what the market is telling us: If your home has been on the market for awhile without an offer, you should be prepared to at least consider lowering your asking price, or address feedback about conditions.



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