Like choosing any service professional – from an accountant to your family doctor – it’s important to do your homework before deciding on a real estate agent. Your home purchase or sale likely represents one of the most significant financial transactions of your life, and you definitely want to find the right person for you.
You want someone with experience, education, and a proven track record of successful closings. Liz and Ellie bring a host of skills to the table when helping you sell your property.
Below is an outline of the steps involved when selling your home. These steps will prepare you for organizing your home, negotiating an offer, and getting ready to close. We will be there every step of the way to make the process as painless and effortless as possible. Feel free to ask any questions at any time during the process!
Making a great first impression is one of the most important aspects of selling your home. A property that is not clean or well-maintained is a red flag for potential buyers. To them, a poorly cared-for home may be an indication that there are hidden defects which could result in an increased cost of ownership. For many buyers, the thought of having to spend more money on a home after they purchase it will deter them from wanting to buy it.
Painting your walls may be the best interior improvement you can make. For broader appeal, paint in neutral colors such as beige, or off-white. You may personally like a bit of personality in a home, but having black or zebra striped walls may put off potential buyers.
It’s equally important to make sure that your mechanical systems are working well and have been recently serviced. Fix any leaks that you may have been ignoring in faucets, shower heads or basement pipes. Check to make sure that the electrical outlets are properly grounded and covered, and that the kitchen and bathrooms have GFCI breakers.
Home staging is how you get your home ready for the market so that it appeals to a large number of people. Staging is the simplest and least expensive way to increase the sale price, but it is also the one most frequently overlooked.
What areas of your home should you think about with regards to staging? All of them! This includes:
De-cluttering usually takes the most time. Make sure that the countertops everywhere (especially in the kitchen and baths) are almost bare. All surface areas should be free of clutter. All personal photos should be removed, making the home as depersonalized and neutral looking as possible.
Some people use their existing furnishings and décor, while others use a staging company to create a consistent look. We'll help with staging, no matter what you choose to do. In addition, Liz and Ellie Local agents also have access to museum-grade artwork, something which sets us apart from other seller agents.
If you're interested in using a staging company, we work with many reputable people and would be happy to set you up with a consult.
Once your home is fixed up, de-cluttered, and clean, it's ready to show to prospective buyers. Typically, we will bring the house on the market by showing the home to other realtors on a Wednesday night. Then we hold the public open house over the weekend. After your open house, we may bring in prospective buyers for private showings. Here's what you need to know about your role in showings:
Private showings are often conducted during business hours and in early evenings (until 7 pm or so). If there are days/times that don’t work well you, we will work around your schedule. They usually last around 30 minutes, and again, please vacate the house and take your pets!
With their complementary communication styles, responsiveness, competence, and ability to truly listen, Ellie and Liz enable their clients to feel at ease throughout any real estate transaction. They would welcome the opportunity to be your next real estate advisors.Let's Connect