Before you put your home on the market be sure to remove personal photographs and pack up family heirlooms. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on display, and they can’t do that if yours are there. Follow these tips to stage your home easily and inexpensively.
HGTV is killing me… Thanks to HGTV, every home buyer now expects every house to be updated with granite counter tops, hardwood floors, marble showers, and a ton of other high-end amenities. The truth is, most houses would be better suited for a hoarding show than an HGTV dream home. That’s why buyers must either lower their expectations or come off their wallets if they want a house like they see on TV.
Before you settle on a new home you should thoroughly check out the neighborhood at different times of the day and night. A neighborhood might be calm and peaceful during the day, but all hell might break loose at night. Here are a few tips to help make sure the neighborhood is the right one for you and your family.
Some people think inspectors appraise property and appraisers inspect property. Nothing could be further from the truth. Appraisers work for the buyer’s lender to come up with an appraised value of a property to make sure the lender isn’t lending more than the property is worth. Inspectors inspect properties looking for defects that the seller will ultimately have to pay for. Neither works on behalf of the seller, which is why so many deals go down the drain after a bad inspection or low appraisal.
One of the reasons many For Sale By Owner properties don’t sell is because most FSBO’s take LOUSY pictures. People shop for houses online and if your photos suck, people will think your house sucks, simple as that. Use a professional photographer to take your pics or enlist the help of an agent who can get it done for you.
When you’re selling your home on your own you have to do it all: price the property correctly; clean, repair and declutter; take pictures and videos; effectively market the house to buyers, and finally, master the fine art of negotiation. Things typically get tense when it comes down to price. And if you suck at negotiation, do not — I repeat — do not try to sell your home yourself. You will always come out on the short end of the deal.
One of the BIGGEST COMPLAINTS I hear from For Sale By Owners is that they HATE trying to DE-CLUTTER their home. We all have too much stuff but some houses look like the Hoarders live there. Buyers don’t want to see your stuff in the house. They want to imagine their stuff there.