Despite the cooling housing market and decelerating home prices, experts say 2023 remains an excellent time to sell, thanks to the continuous buyer demand and housing inventory shortages in many locations.
However, home sellers should remain wary of economic uncertainty as market conditions can fluctuate at any time. If you decide to put your property on the market, having a well-devised selling strategy makes all the difference.
With that said, here are a few expert tips that could help you sell your home with confidence in these unpredictable times.
Deep Clean, Repair, and Upgrade
Highlight your home’s best features by tackling neglected repairs and deferred maintenance. Conduct a full sweep of your property or consider getting a pre-listing inspection to identify problems, including faulty wiring, mold growth, a leaky roof, or an outdated paint job.
Deep cleaning before the open house also gives potential buyers the impression that the property is well-maintained and meticulously cared for. If you’re not confident in your cleaning abilities, don’t hesitate to hire professional cleaners.
Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Curb appeal will always be a force to be reckoned with in home sales. The inside could be spotless, but with poor landscaping or a bad paint job, it wouldn’t matter. Make a good first impression when buyers pull up to your property with these exterior upgrades:
- Improve landscaping, e.g., mow the lawn, pull weeds, trim outgrowth, and lay down fresh mulch.
- Restore chipped or flaking paint.
- Pressure wash stubborn dirt or grime on the walls and driveway.
- Fix and clean outdoor light fixtures.
- Clean the windows.
- Remove leaves from the roof and gutters.
Stage Your Home
Staging is essential in enlisting your property for the highest price possible. In fact, research by NAR shows that 36% of realtors believe that it dramatically impacts purchasing decisions.
Buyers want to envision themselves in your space, so they can truly know if it’s the right fit. They want to know what furniture complements the floor plan or imagine themselves sipping coffee on the front porch after a long day.
In this case, you need to depersonalize. This means stripping your home of any memorabilia or lavish paintwork in place for decor that would appeal to a greater percentage of buyers in your market. For instance, refreshing the living room with a neutral paint job and more modern, on-trend furniture to appeal to a younger market.
Be Ready to Negotiate and Compromise
In a perfect world, every homeowner looking to sell can snag a great deal for their property. But that isn’t the case, especially with today’s unpredictable market. As a seller, you must adjust accordingly and price your home based on current market conditions.
A real estate agent can price your home correctly using a comparative market analysis (CMA). This involves locating recently sold homes in your area similar to yours to gauge the best sales price for your property.
Connect with an Agent
Hiring a top real estate agent is the best decision any homeowner could make when selling. Agents streamline the process by handling everything from open houses and stagings to price comparisons and negotiations. They are familiar with the local market and have the skills and tools to sell your home fast at a competitive price.
Work with Seattle’s Top Real Estate Agency
Sell your home fast and for more money than average Seattle agents with Blue Pacific Real Estate. With over 25 years of real estate experience, we’ll guide you throughout the process and take care of all the details of selling your home.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today! Call us, email us, or visit our office – we’re always here to assist you.