Whether you already have your new home secured at a senior living community or are just starting to consider a move, selling your home is a big decision. It requires research and planning, and no one knows exactly how long it will be on the market.
Sellers who want to sell their homes quickly and for maximum profit should consider specific strategies and sales tactics before putting the “for sale” sign in the yard. Along with emotional decision involved in selling your home, take time to consider the tactical and practical decisions you should make before you contact a real estate agent.
5 Tactical Steps to Take Before Selling Your Home
- Research Your Market
Realize every market is different. Your state, city or neighborhood market could be entirely different from the national market or what you see in the news. Research your regional market by talking to a handful of professionals in the real estate industry. Do your own research both online and through local sources.
- Create a Fix-It or Forget-It List
Don’t let a leaky roof turn potential buyers away nor invest thousands in a living room that doesn’t gain you any additional selling power. Make repairs that gain you maximum benefit in selling. Some typical quick fixes that are worth the investment include: upgrading outdated appliances, fixing scratched wood floors and cracked tiles and replacing drafty windows.
- Consider Home Staging
Staging tends to pay for itself as you will get more for your home if it is staged properly. Through staging, you highlight your home’s strengths and downplay the weaknesses to make it as appealing to as many prospective buyers as possible. You can hire a professional stager, ask your real estate agent for help staging or try it yourself.
- Make a Good First Impression
Curb appeal is always important. Buyers are likely making a judgement on your home based on an exterior picture or a drive-by of the property. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. Consider a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies, HGTV recommends.
- Depersonalize and Designate Rooms
Pack away family photos and remove reminders from the refrigerator. You want a new family to envision their family and life inside your home. Also, return any converted rooms, such as a dining room that is now an office, back to its original intent. Make sure each room or area has a designated use so prospective buyers can easily see how the space could work for them.
Quick tip: Plan ahead for moving day! Don’t wait until the last minute. Expert advice starting at least six weeks in advance to stop moving day madness.
Twin Lakes Senior Living Community in Montgomery, near Cincinnati, Ohio, is making room for more neighbors by adding a select number of new one- and two-bedroom independent living apartment homes. Scheduled for completion in early 2018. Make sure to reserve one now so you can select the design finishes that reflect your personal style. These high-demand homes are usually completely full, so don’t miss your chance to secure one today!
Contact Twin Lakes Senior Living Community online here or give us a call at 513-247-1300 to schedule your tour.