Whether you are selling your home because of a new job, new baby, or any new need in your life, it’s because YOU are ready. As a seller, you set the schedule – so how do you make sure your home sale goes according to schedule as well? The holiday season is a hectic time, but with the right strategies and attention to detail, your home sale will be a breeze. Here are 6 tips on how to sell your home quickly this season.
Put it up for sale!
In Southern California, we are experiencing a strong seller’s market. According to Trendgraphix data for Orange, LA, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, average days on market is down 22.4% year-over-year. With low inventory across all Southern California markets, it’s no wonder homes are flying off the market faster than ever. With a fair price and a dedicated professional to get the job done, you’re all but guaranteed a swift sale this season.
Depersonalize Your Home
Real estate experts agree that depersonalizing a home is one of the most important steps in this process. Keeping a few personal items in your home shouldn’t make a difference, but potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves living there. Your home should be clean, organized, and clutter-free before you decide to list it.
Don’t Price Yourself out of the Market
Starting with a high asking price and hoping that potential buyers will negotiate is only going to slow this process down. There will most likely be some haggling after you have received a few offers, but your initial asking price should be close to what you eventually want to get for the home. Many real estate agents and home buyers will assume you aren’t a motivated seller if your initial asking price is too high.
Improve the Curb Appeal
A prospective buyer’s first impression of your home can make a big difference, and that is why curb appeal is so important. Even if you don’t plan on completely revamping your yard and entryway, you should still make sure that your property is relatively eye-catching. Mowing the lawn, trimming the trees, and giving your front door a fresh layer of paint can make a big difference.
Upgrade Key Appliances
Some buyers might steer clear of your home if they feel like all of the appliances and major mechanical systems will need to be replaced within the next few years. Working with a contactor like Rakeman Plumbing or someone similar to upgrade key items such as the water heater or HVAC can be a major selling point.
Be Flexible with Interested Parties
Unfortunately, you need to be ready to show your home at unusual times and with little notice. Some buyers might prefer to view your home early in the morning or late at night, and you must be as accommodating as possible. Not only will flexibility help you sell quickly, it could also help you bring in higher offers. High-net worth individuals are busy and if you’re willing to accommodate their schedule with a showing, you open up more top-dollar offer opportunities.
If you want to ensure your sale goes according to schedule this season, work with a First Team Real Estate agent. We represent more buyers than any other brokerage in Orange County, which means we might already be working with someone who’s interested in your home!