What To Do To Prep Your Home For Sale, Even If It Can Sell In A Day.
Want to get the very most money for your home in this hot sellers’ market?
Most people don’t realize there is much more to selling a home than taking a few photos and throwing it on the MLS, especially if you want the very most for it in this hot sellers market.
This is why I created my series, “Get the Most for Your House Even In a Hot Seller’s Market” – to help you and anyone you know maximize the profits from your biggest investment and not get “caught up in what other people are doing.”
Over the next few weeks, I’m sharing my four steps to getting the most money possible when selling your home, even when a home can sell itself right now.
This is a must-read series, even if you aren’t selling a home anytime soon.
This is week two in the series, and today you’ll learn what to do to prep your home for sale, even if it can sell in a day.
A hot seller’s market, means it’s a great time to sell, right? YES! however, here’s the problem….as I scroll through the MLS looking at homes for my buyer clients, I’m seeing a remarkable difference between houses that sell for top dollar and houses that don’t.
It’s heartbreaking to see sellers leaving money on the table and not selling their homes for the most money possible in this record-breaking seller’s market.
I think some sellers are doing this because they feel like they could put a sign in their yard and get their home sold.
Sure, a home can sell that way, but by just doing a few of the right things before selling it, you could get TENS of thousands of dollars or more without much time, effort or money.
Here’s a secret—right now, buyers are willing to pay even MORE for homes. But, not if the home doesn’t look its best.
Here’s how to make that happen, even if you don’t want to spend time or money getting your home ready to put on the market:
1. Grab Their Attention.
99% of buyers are looking for their next home online. The good news is we know WHERE to get buyers’ attention, the bad news is we only have three seconds to do it before they scroll on to the next house.
In those 3 seconds, your home must stop as many buyers as possible in their tracks. Your home must jump off the screen and make them want to drop everything and come see it. How your home looks online needs to make them daydream about the life they will live in your home BEFORE they ever go inside.
The better your home looks online, the more people who will be interested in it. The more people who are interested, the more people will come see it. The more people that see it, the more offers you’ll get. The more offers you get, the higher the price you’ll receive.
So, how do we make this happen?
2. You can’t SELL your home the same way you LIVE in your home.
Even as a real estate agent, I live in my home completely different then how it would look if I were selling it.
Why? Because when I’m selling, my home becomes a product.
A product that I want to sell for the most money possible. It is my biggest investment, after all, so why wouldn’t I want to position my biggest investment in the best light possible to get the very most possible out of it when it comes time to sell?
Anything less is just leaving money on the table.
3. It doesn’t take a lot of time and money to get your home ready to sell for the most money possible.
One of the things I say a lot is, “little hinges swing big doors.” It’s true for all sorts of things when it comes to real estate, but especially when it comes to prepping your home to sell.
Here’s an example from last summer: Mossy Ridge Listing
This home was located on a beautiful street and had beautiful bones, however it had not been lived in for a while and needed some TLC before it was ready for pictures. I had the carpets cleaned, landscaping trimmed up, power washed the entire house and sent the cleaning crew over to do a DEEP clean. The house sold in a weekend with multiple offers for over asking price!
I handled pretty much everything from beginning to end so that my client was not inconvenienced meeting different contractors at the house each day.
With hardly any effort, time and money well spent from the sellers, we created a home that buyers WANTED. The house looked so good, the buyers waived the inspection! (Pro tip and an article for another day….NEVER DO THAT!)
Not only were we able to get the highest price by tens of thousands of dollars, but we also were able to get an offer with zero contingencies and no risk of not making it to the closing table.
Just because you can throw a home on the MLS and get it sold, doesn’t mean you should. When I bring my buyers to these types of homes, it’s clear they aren’t emotionally invested in the home. They either don’t bother writing an offer or they write one that’s not their best, which means less money for the seller. Sure, the house still might sell, but not for as much as it could.
If you or anyone you know is thinking about selling a home soon, don’t make this big mistake—don’t skip on making it look it’s best. And, don’t feel overwhelmed with the idea that you have to spend a lot of time or money making it look great either.
I’d love to help by taking a look at the home, creating a plan and making it happen with as little stress for you as possible. Email me and we can get a plan in place for your selling process.
I'm Jennifer Mestayer (Med-E-A) and I love helping Cypress families buy and sell their
homes as they move through the varying stages of life. From first homes to forever homes...
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16718 House & Haul Rd, St N
Cypress, TX 77433
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