In a hot sellers market, if your Huntsville Home is priced right you will likely sell it the same week that it is listed on the local real estate market, but the current market is certainly not an ideal market for sellers. So, “how do you ensure that your home is competitive?”
The most important decision is of course price, thus when interviewing listing agents be sure to have them provide you with the comparable sales that they used to calculate the value in their comparative market analysis. However once you have selected a competitive price there are a few basic things that you can do to make sure your home gets noticed first, gets regular showings, and logically, sells very quickly. These things are a combination of enhancing the homes’ curb appeal and interior detail, plus a few thoughtful touches that make the viewing experience more enjoyable for prospective buyers.
First of all, take a look a your homes’ exterior and compare that to photos of other listed homes from your same area. Which home would you want to look at first strictly on a visual basis? If it is not your home, you have some work to do. It’s hard to look at your home with an unbiased eye, but it is necessary. Set aside the years of good memories and try to “be a buyer,” note any small details that need fixing or a cosmetic touch up and get those done.
Then turn your attention to the inside. Most homes are a bit to cluttered to show off the details of a home’s interior. This is not to say that a home is messy, it’s just “lived in.” Try to minimalism the amount of furniture and “stuff” in your home. If necessary, remove some things and put them in storage. You are going to be moving soon anyway, why not get a head start on it? The more “open” your home feels, the better for showing. Remember to clean off all counters and clean the closets. Buyers are nosey and will open all the closets, cabinets and cupboards to ensure there is enough room for their things. Wouldn’t you?
Lastly, make sure that your home is welcoming when people come to view it. Keep the temperature warm if it is cold outside, and cool if it is hot. It will probably be necessary to clean the home daily to maintain its pristine condition. Also, little things like pleasant aromas can help people to feel more at home, cinnamon or chocolate chip cookies are very comforting smells. But if you utilize these, make sure there are some snacks available as viewers might get nibbly!