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7 Essentials for Selling Your Home

Updated: Feb 11, 2019

Thinking about selling? Here are seven essentials for selling your home faster and for more money.


Thinking about selling? Here are seven essentials for selling your home faster and for more money. I'm Danielle Scott with Keller Williams Realty.

1. Home Inspection Prior to Listing Your Home:

A pre-sell inspection might cost a few hundred dollars, but it will be well worth the money. By identifying and addressing repair items ahead of time, neither you or your buyers will experience any surprises. You can make the decision to fix any major issues before listing your property, or price your property accordingly.

2. Home Appraisal Prior to Listing Your Home:

If your home has features that may increase its value, it's a good idea to have it appraised before going to market. An appraisal helps assure you don't overprice or under-price your home. And if your home is one of the higher valued homes in the neighborhood, it can help in negotiations.

3. Staging:

Statistics say staging your home will help it sell faster and for as much as six percent more than a property that has not been staged buyers can see themselves living in the home since you're showcasing its best features and de-personalizing. For a vacant property, virtual staging also is an option. At a fraction of the cost of staging. Don't forget to stage the outside. Planted flower can really help with curb appeal.

4. Require Buyer Pre-Approval:

Make it a requirement that a buyer is pre-approved before accepting an offer. Requiring a buyer to submit a Pre-Approval letter with their purchase offer can save you a lot of headaches down the road. When an offer has a Pre-Approval letter included, you will feel secure that that buyer can buy your house. Make sure it is a Pre-Approval and not just a pre-qualification.

5. Home Warranty:

Offering a home warranty is a great selling tool. Home warranties give buyers assurance that if any covered issues come up, they can get it fixed for a nominal fee under the home warranty. It also gives them the ability to have a licensed professional perform necessary work without breaking the bank.

6. Property Disclosures:

Transparency through property disclosures is a great way to be up-front about everything. It'll save you time and money. There is less of a chance of buyer's remorse, and it'll keep buyers away that may have an issue with any disclosed items. The property disclosures are uploaded to the MLS and available for any agent working with a buyer to see. They can help inform a buyer about the big picture of the property before they view it or make an offer.

7. Be Flexible & Show Ready:

Be as flexible as possible with showings, and have the home show ready. Making your home available for showings can be the difference in the buyer falling in love with your house or another house on their list. Many buyers stop after they've found the one. Selling your home can be inconvenient, but remember, it is a short-lived inconvenience. Be sure your home smells nice and is clean. Clean homes relay the message the home has been taken care of and gives a buyer more confidence in making an offer.

Remember, when you do what you love, people love what you do.

I'm Danielle Scott, let's make it a great home-buying and selling day.


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