Tati DaSilva's Blog
Although your real estate agent will be doing all the "heavy lifting" when it comes to marketing your home, your frame of mind and attitude can have a surprising impact on the success of his or her efforts.
This is especially true in regard to sprucing up your home and keeping it in tip-top condition for showings.
Your agent will do their best to bring prospective buyers to your home and offer you suggestions for making the best impression on house hunters, but it's up to you to implement their ideas. Those recommendations could run the gamut from keeping your lawn looking impeccable to applying a fresh coat of (neutral color) paint to areas that need it. Admittedly, it can be difficult to keep your home looking immaculate for every real estate showing, but "near perfection" is a goal worth aiming for!
Staying positive and optimistic in the face of setbacks, fast-approaching deadlines, and missed target dates can be difficult, but it's essential for fueling your motivation. If you, as a home seller, begin to feel discouraged and pessimistic, you may begin to label priorities as "not that important" or put things off that really need to be addressed now.
If you've been updating and maintaining your home on a regular basis, your to-do list might be shorter than home sellers who have been saying "We'll take care of that next year!" Problems develop when "next year" never comes and projects keep getting bumped to the future. If you're determined to put your best foot forward in the real estate market, there's no time like the present!
Since preparing your house to be listed can feel overwhelming, the secret is to prepare a priority list and tackle one task at a time. It can also be helpful to get feedback from your real estate agent on what improvements and changes will produce the most impact. A seasoned agent will be able to quickly size up the condition and appearance of your home, and let you know what issues need to be addressed first. Their experience, objectivity, and trained eye will help you identify cost-effective solutions and be able to present your home in its best light.
Although a good real estate agent will leave no stone unturned when it comes to effectively marketing your home, they will appreciate and be energized by the fact that you have pride in the appearance of your house and property. There are a lot of ingredients that go into the successful staging and sale of a home, but you can help keep the momentum going by doing a little extra painting (where needed), cleaning, and clutter reduction.
"Accentuating the positive and minimizing the negative" should be your watch words from the day you decide to list your house until the moment the sale of your home has been signed, sealed, and delivered!
Unless you are a real estate professional, you're probably not an expert in buying or selling houses. There are so many legal complications and webs that may occur whenever one is in the real estate market, and to help sort through the complications here are some common mistakes made by first time sellers and how to avoid them.
First, the most common mistake is that most first time sellers treat the selling process itself as a DIY project when it is not. As stated above, there are so many legal implications of selling and buying a property. There are real estate contracts that need to get addressed. There are appraisals and costs associated with the valuation of the property. Some inspections must get done long before putting the house on the market and giving it a price. There is a lot of documentation requirement that making a mistake can cost an owner a lot of money.
Do not be in a situation like this. Hire a real estate agent who has the license to handle real property matters for you.
Second, there are also mistakes that can come with setting the price. First time sellers, who do not know how to get the market, often give a high asking price without consideration of a possible appraisal or valuation. A real estate professional knows that the secret to getting the amount you want is not always in the asking price but the marketing. How is it done? Only real estate agents have a flair for this trade secret.
Third, first time sellers are somewhat stubborn alone than with an agent. They are unwilling to negotiate the terms of the escrow and believe that there will be more potential buyers along the way. Some sellers are reluctant to settle the terms even if the buyer is already giving them more than the asking price. With the help of a real estate professional, it is easier to see which deals are good and which are not.
Finally, some sellers fail to see the value of being patient and giving other parties some time.
Now that you know some of these mistakes, it will be easier to avoid them. It may be tempting to take some shortcuts when you are excited about selling your house, but keep in mind that while you can try some alternatives, only professionals can do it without the repercussions of amateur mistakes. Contact a real estate professional today to help you sell your home today.
One of the biggest challenges of putting your house on the market is keeping it clean, organized, and ready for the next showing!
This is no easy task, especially if you have pets, messy kids, and/or a hectic schedule. If you're like most people, you're probably contending with all three conditions!
Although it's human nature to get immersed in our own view of the world, it's helpful to try and see things through the eyes of prospective home buyers. When buyers walk into your house for the first time, they're not going to immediately know about all the improvements you've made to your property or the many ways your home has served your family's needs for all these years. They're not aware of the "big picture" and may never be. They only know what they see, hear, and smell during their brief visit to your home.
Anything which makes a negative impression can sour them on the idea of buying your house. It's a delicate balance and it doesn't take that much to tip the scales in either direction. That's why it's so important for sellers to get into a routine of keeping their house clean, orderly, and well maintained.
It's amazing what a difference 24-hours (or less) can make on the appearance and cleanliness of your home. Rest assured, if you've said or thought the words, "But I just cleaned it, yesterday!" -- you're not alone! Cleaning your house when it's on the market is a lot like shaving: It doesn't take too long for that "five o'clock shadow" to start creeping in!
Reminding everyone in your family to clean up after themselves is the first step to being ready, but it also pays to have a checklist to refer to when preparing for a real estate showing. If you don't use a task list, chances are you'll forget something important -- like wiping off the kitchen counter, sanitizing the toilets, putting away dirty dishes, or cleaning the bathroom sink. Floors almost always require a quick sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming, and waste baskets need to be emptied. Crumpled towels, bath mats, and bedspreads may also be in desperate need of straightening and smoothing out! If you own pets that tend to have "accidents" or kids who haven't quite mastered the art of cleaning up after themselves, you might also want to allow a few extra minutes in your routine to take care of the "unexpected."
While it's true that you want your house to have a "lived in" appearance, it's all-too-easy to cross that thin line into a whole different category! No reasonable house hunter will expect your home to be spotless and perfect in every way, but if it looks messy, disheveled, or neglected, then that could be a potential deal breaker!