Selling a house is a scary process.
Will the house sell?
Will it sell for the amount you want or need?
For military sellers, will it sell before you transfer to your next unit?
We bought a home when we came to Georgia. We are up for orders this year, so I solicited some of the best realtors to provide me their best seller’s tips. They are sure you will maximize your profits on selling your house if you do some of these things below.
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Tips from Jessica Kelly
With prices rising and inventory low, this is a great time for military home owners to maximize their investment when selling their home. Here are a few quick tips to help attract buyers to your property.
- Take some time to go through each room and remove all your personal items. Try to create a neutral, clean palette. This will give you a head start on the actual moving process while providing prospective buyers the opportunity to “see themselves” living in your home.
- Elevate your curb appeal – Have some overgrown hedges or maybe a few branches blocking the view of your home. Now is the time to step back, look at your home from the street and get to work. Some buyers will drive up to a home and with the first look decide whether or not to go inside. Make sure your home shows well so buyers make it through the front door.
- Pre-listing inspection – Everyone hates surprises, especially in the home buying and selling process. This will help with your seller’s disclosure and ensure that your client’s inspection doesn’t find anything in your home that may cause the deal to fall through. Take the time to repair anything that the inspector finds and give yourself some peace of mind.
- Work with a qualified realtor in your area. Remember realtors who specialize in military relocations understand your unique concerns and can help you navigate the process. Whether it’s questions about VA loans or short notice orders requiring quick sale time, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through a successful transaction
Tips from Erin Ward
- Price your home correctly. Ignore what the online “estimates” say and work with your Realtor to accurately price your home based on local activity in your area. A Realtor has more information available to them for better accuracy than many of the online websites providing home estimates today. Having an accurate pricing strategy will allow you to decrease your time on the market ultimately netting you more money.
- Military families often need to sell their homes quickly in order to avoid carrying two mortgage payments. It’s important to set your home up to be desired. According to the National Association of Realtors, 90% of home buyers search for online for their new home, so your home needs to shine through professional pictures. Ensure that you have decluttered and have a neutral color palette that will entice buyers to go from online through the front door of your home to get that perfect offer quickly!
Tips from Ashley Tauzier
- Make rooms appear as large as possible by getting rid of unnecessary items.
- Freshen up paint colors to a neutral palate to appeal to the majority of buyers.
- Have carpets steamed cleaned and/or stretch to show in the best condition.
- Curb Appeal is so important. Clean up flower beds, fresh paint on doors, trim, shutters and window boxes.
- Change out light bulbs, fix broken blinds, etc. Neglect of small maintenance items can make a buyers mind race to conclusions that bigger items have not been addressed as well.
Tips from Amanda Durham-Martin
- We all take pride in displaying our family portraits, vacation photos, and even our kids drawing from school, but sometimes it can be hard for potential buyers to picture themselves in your home when your family pictures are displayed throughout the home. So it’s best to go ahead and pack them away, this will just be a head start on your move packing!!
- Choose a Realtor that takes pride in providing professional pictures for listings. This makes an INCREDIBLE difference when listing your home for sale. Let’s face it, we all love looking at pictures, and this is the best way to get showings for your home!
- De-clutter the house. We all know when moving, we suddenly realize just HOW MUCH STUFF we accumulate over the years. When you de-clutter your home prior to listing, this gives the potential buyers an “open & airy” feeling of the home, instead of them thinking, “Oh our stuff will never fit in this home!”
- Curb appeal! Some new flowers, couple bags of mulch, fresh cut grass, and possibly a pressure cleaning go a long way when it comes to selling a home. If the home looks “dirty” and uncared for, then buyers generally pass over the house. First impressions are always key to getting buyers in the door.
- One of the most important things, and generally the hardest, is to keep the home in “Showing” condition at all time! This can be especially difficult with kids and pets, but a home that is always ready for a buyer to walk through the door is one that sells. If a buyer wants to see a house at a moments notice, and they are told to come back later, chances are they will just move on to the next home. This is one thing you do not want!
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Have you ever sold your home? What tips do you use to sell quickly for the most amount of money? Perhaps your agent can use the new virtual technology to sell to buyers out of area. Leave your tips in the comments below!
About the Author
Kelsey Ramirez is a Real Estate Broker in western Washington. She is also a veteran elementary school teacher, military wife, and mom to two daughters. She is the founder of The Military Move, a military-based website to help families in the PCS process. Kelsey loves to travel, write, and create amazing content. She has her Masters in Technology, which she uses to learn all new things digital.
With three decades of military support, Kelsey’s mission is to help new and existing military families in their unique adventures through all military topics including PCSing, budgeting, school choice and rights, housing, and especially just being a military spouse.