There’s plenty to do to get your home ready to sell—repainting, replacing old fixtures, doing touch-ups, etc. And perhaps you even have some larger repairs to do, like getting a new HVAC system or an air conditioning unit. Either way, you’ll have your hands full, which is perhaps why there are several other things you should be looking into that oftentimes gets ignored by home sellers.
However stressed you feel, however busy you are, don’t neglect these 5 essential tips for selling your home:
1. Get your realtor’s references
Having a good real estate agent can make all the difference when it comes to making a sale, which is why it’s important for you to do some homework in finding the right one for you. When first looking for a realtor, begin by asking family and friends for any recommendations that they may have—they may have one in mind that you can contact. Another option is to look online and view reviews (sites such as Zillow will have realtor rankings with reviews provided).
Once you meet with the realtor in person, you can also ask to speak with a few of their references. Just be sure you can have confidence in your agent and that they will go above and beyond to both sell your home and find you a new one.
- Have your realtor provide social media marketing
Once your home is one the market, you’ll have your listing made available on numerous online platforms like Zillow and Realtor.com where people can view your listing. But that’s not all that needs to be done—you have to have your listing also be shown on social media (such as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Be sure to ask your realtor if this is something they do—if they don’t, don’t select that agency. So much emphasis is placed on social media, that it’s foolish not to advertise on it.
Since you’ll be marketing your property throughout the web, it’s a good idea to have an ADT alarm system to make sure your property is protected—you never know who will be viewing your property with ill intentions.
- Provide a list of what improvements have been made along with any issues that have been addressed
Always let your realtor know what improvements you’ve made to your home—whether it’s placing new faucets, installing new stainless steel appliances, light fixtures, etc. These improvements can become selling points, which are pointed out to prospective buyers.
- Google search of your home and see how it lists
Most sellers (approximately 90% according to the National Association of Realtors) will check on a listing online, which is why it’s important for you to perform a Google search of your home. See what information it lists, how it appears and compare it to the information provided in the listing itself.
- Be upfront about what items aren’t included in the sale
Not all items in your home will be included with the sale, which is why it’s important to be straightforward about what will and won’t be included in the final sale. Not doing this could potentially have the prospective buyer withdraw their offer.