Are You Really Ready?
You’ve done the hard part…all repairs are made, freshly painted, closets are clean, etc. Your @Homes for sale sign is in the yard. Having your home on the market doesn’t need to be stressful.
Let’s face it…the Huntsville real estate market is not the same as it is in sunny California. My agent friends in California present multiple offers to their sellers. Multiple offers do happen here, but it is not the norm. The longer a home is for sale, the more emotionally challenging it can become.
The First Weeks Count the Most
Typically, the first few weeks will bring the most traffic. Be prepared!
Your home needs to be ready to show on a moments notice. Realistically, be ready within an hour to show. Far too often I see “Must have 24 hour notice to show”. When a buyer wants to see a home, they want to see it. Now. Our supply of homes for sale in Huntsville is still high. You need to be ready when a buyer wants to look, or they will more than likely pass you by.
Don’t Just List It – Market It!
Even before that first showing occurs consider how you will market your property. Just listing it on the MLS with the typical agent simply doesn’t cut it any more with the emerging Gen X and Millennial buyers. The Ipad and Smart Phone crowd first view your home online.
Combining our marketing prowess with our proprietary Total Listing Package technology far exceeds any of the capabilities of any of our competitors, even with their Extra Technology Fees. If your price is right and you’re ready to go; we are too! Give us a call at 256-585-600 or visit our Huntsville Home Tours site for all the details.
Be a Neat Freak:
This can be one of the most challenging chores of selling your Huntsville home. Remember the article about first impressions? They DO matter. Keep your lawn in good condition and all bikes, skateboards, and trashcans put up.
Before the home is being shown:
Let the sunshine in! Open your blinds and turn lights on. Well-lit homes show best. For evening showings, turn on landscaping and exterior lighting as well.
This is typically the most important room in the house for many buyers. Kitchens DO make or break a sale. Keep your kitchen clean, tidy and clutter free. Buyers love to check out cabinets and storage space. Leave them smiling when they see how organized you are! Keep your kitchen spotless, top to bottom. And remember…cooking odors are a major turn off. Here is a great article that can help you get rid of cooking odors or eliminate them all together!
Second most popular room! Many buyers are out growing their current home and need more space. Huntsville home buyers often think of the Master as their oasis. Keep your nightstands/dressers clean and uncluttered. Make sure your closets remain tidy, leaving the buyer feelings of plentiful storage. Organized closets are always a hit. Keep your bath spotless. Shower doors and mirrors sparkling, shampoos to a minimum in your shower, etc. Make sure your towels are fresh.
The rest of the home:
Keep it clean, tidy and “a place for everything and everything in its place”. If you have small children, bribery always works 🙂 Beds need to be made daily, toys in their place. Put your collection of remotes in their place and mail in a drawer.
Conceal your critters:
Shocking to hear, but not everyone is a dog or cat lover. I’ve had many buyers that are allergic to cats. Keep your home and furniture free from pet hair. Otherwise, you’ll leave buyers with an impression that your home is not clean. Put your dog beds/toys away. Keep the litter box clean.
Give Us A Call – We Can Help:
As a seller, you’ll begin to typically hit the wall around 2 months of being on the market. Do your best to ensure each showing is a pleasant one. @Homes Realty Group will do our part on the marketing end and will also keep an eye on market conditions.
If you are thinking of listing your home for sale in Huntsville, we’d love to show you why @Homes Realty stands apart from the competition.