No Surprises Here: What To Know When Selling

So you’ve decided to sell your home. Now what?

You might be surprised that it isn’t as easy as just putting a sign in the yard, find a buyer and handing over the keys.

There are certain steps that have to be made for your home to be “market ready.”

Below we’ve put together some tips to put you ahead of the game!

Small Updates Make A BIG Impression

When we take a listing, together with the seller, we come up with a “Honey Do” List

  1. Items around the house that must be done before it goes on the market. These would include small repairs that have been ignored, such as rotting wood around a door.
  2. Items that should be done to add value such as a new dishwasher or replacing an old toilet
  3. “Eye Candy” items: these items add the WOW factor to your home. Mirrors, pretty new pillows, new bedspread and patio furniture are the most common additions.
    • This could also mean investing in a home stager. If you home is cluttered or VERY uniquely decorated then it might be a good idea to look into staging. You want the buyers to be able to picture themselves in the home.

Know Your Value

Find an experienced realtor who will help you determine the value.

They will look at what has sold within the last 6 months, what is under contract at the moment, and homes that are currently for sale.

Your competition helps determine the recommended listing price.

Price is usually the most important part of selling a home. Price must reflect value. It translates length of time on the market and the number of buyers who are vying for your home.

Check The Fine Print

Before you list your home, you should check out your local property appraiser’s website and review your listed details. Many times sellers remember a different number so it’s good to have the exact information.

If you live in Pinellas County then you can check your property here.

Sellers should also check in advance to see if their flood policy is assumable. It will be less costly for the new buyer thus adding an incentive and giving the home more value.

Go Ahead And Inspect

Have certain items pre-inspected such as the roof and air conditioning. Change those filters before the buyer’s inspection!

Check for termites and if you live on the water then have the seawall checked out.

Selling your home isn’t necessarily easy but if you take each step early on then it won’t feel so overwhelming. Planning is your friend!

Enlist an intelligent realtor and this will help even more. Before you know you’ll be on the other side and be the buyer!