Pricing the Home Correctly
The pricing of your home will strongly influence how long your home is on the market. If you set a price that is too high and your home has been on the market too long, then potential home buyers may assume that something is wrong with your home and the price, and you run the risk of selling for less than if you had priced correctly from the beginning. Approximately 80% of your showings will be during the first three weeks on the market. We don’t want to miss out on this critical time from buyers because they assume they cannot afford your home.
Looking for tips for selling in a seller's market? Check out this episode of The Living in Grand Rapids Podcast.
Improvements to Make Before Selling
While it is important to present your home in the best possible condition, undertaking the wrong kind of upgrades will cost you money that you may not be able to recoup from the sale of your home. Painting, replacing carpet (if needed), and updating the kitchen and baths are a few things you should be able to recoup. We are happy to suggest and be a resource to guide you in making the best improvements for your home.
Staging Your Home For the Buyer
The first impression is the most important one so we want to make sure it is a favorable one. Your home should be clean and free of clutter. Start packing the things that you don’t need as this will allow the buyer to visualize their things inside your home.
If you’ve already moved out of your home, we can help set you up with one of our suggested professional stagers who will bring a few things into the home. This can help assist buyers in being able to see themselves living in the space and help get more offers sooner.
Don’t forget the outside of your home is just as important to keep looking nice as the inside. Be sure your home looks inviting and well-cared for from the street. This will be the first look the buyers get when they pull up to the house.
Get all of our staging and photography tips HERE.
Do Not Bypass the First Offer Without Serious Consideration
Frequently, sellers reject any first offer, believing that subsequent offers are bound to be higher. However, experience shows that the first offer can often be the best. This is especially true if the buyer making the offer has already looked at numerous homes on the market. So, don’t bypass that first offer. Consider the offer, see if you can make it work, and if it makes sense, we’ll be under contract!