Sometimes the winter months feel like they drag on forever, don't they? Even so, take heart! Spring has nearly arrived. Will your sellers be prepared to sell their homes fast? According to Bankrate.com, this spring might be even more exciting for Real Estate agents because the experts believe there to be a great deal of pent-up buyer demand.
Also, buyers are going to want to get their hands on the best properties right away to avoid losing out and to avoid paying higher prices or interest rates. The best Real Estate agencies have prepared their sellers ahead of time to ensure quick sales. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your sellers.
Tip 1: Emphasize the first impression.
Real Estate experts say people are quick to make a decision about a home before they even set foot through the front door. Sellers should take time to increase the home's curb appeal. That might mean power washing the house and the driveway or it might mean replacing the siding. Encourage them to look at the house from the point of view of someone who was seeing it for the first time, and don't be afraid offer helpful tips if you see something they miss.
Tip 2: Minimize personal possessions inside.
Ideally, it's great if you can show a home that doesn't have any traces of the current homeowners inside. However, as we all know, that's not always an option. Buyers should be able to envision their own possessions in the space, and it's difficult to do that if it's too cluttered with the current homeowner's stuff. Encouraging them to pack away as much of their belongings as they can will make the house more appealing to buyers.
Tip 3: Take the time to make repairs.
One of the first things an interested buyer is going to do before closing the deal is to hire an inspector to come in and check the house for problems. Oftentimes, homeowners know the problems that are going to surface during these inspections, but they don't take the steps to fix them. It's difficult to put the money into fixing a home you're moving out of; however, the house will be much more appealing if there are few problems when inspectors arrive. It will save time and potential heartache later, and it will result in a quicker sale.
Cold temperatures won't last forever. It's best to talk with your sellers as soon as possible so they're prepared for the first interested buyer.
What other actions do you recommend your seller clients take? Let us know in the comments section, below.