You might be sitting at your house in Riverside thinking thinking to yourself, “How can I sell my home fast and for top dollar?”. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s a perfectly normal question for a home owner (home seller) to ask. Here are five quick tips to help you on your way to a fast sale while maximizing your sales price (profit)…
Tip#1 Pricing Of Your Home
The key to success in this area is to price your home according to what is known as “Market Value” (this is the value supported by recent sales of comparable homes in your area of Riverside). If you start put by overpricing your property, you then immediately could lose about half of your potiential buyers. How you ask? By seeing that your home is priced outside comparable values, they can lose interest very quickly. Regardless of what some people think, all buyers are out there to get the best deal possible on the home they buy. Losing potential buyers by over pricing can be especially painful if you’re in a market that has few buyer. So, if you’re smart in pricing your Riverside home (your real estate agent can help you with this), you can most definitely bank on the shortest amount of time on the market and almost guarantee top dollar.
Tip#2 Tasteful Décor – Minimal Clutter
Although you might be an avid collector of one thing or another (Russian nesting dolls for instance), keep in mind that when it is time to put your home on the market, it can definitely deflect from the “bones” of the home. You never want a potential buyer of your home to come walking in and then be thinking of, or talking about something other than the home and how it meets their wants and needs. It would be a good idea to simplify your decor down to the bare minimum. You can do this by minimizing clutter, removing personal pictures, removing anything that may be polarizing (political or religious items), and removing excess furniture (this can make the home seem smaller than it is). By following this advice, your potential buyers can see your home for all its great assets and not be distracted by clutter or personal items.
Tip#3 Is Your House Like Fort Knox?
This one is simple, yet many home owners overlook this VERY IMPORTANT item. If agents and buyers cannot get in to see your home, the likelihood that they’ll make an offer to buy it is very low. Let your potential buyer and buyer’s agent know that your home is available to see at any time with as little notice as you can require (or no notice at all if showings are at reasonable times). Have your real estate agent post all of your contact numbers, gate code, alarm code, etc…. on the private section (agent section) of the Riverside multiple listing service. The more showing restrictions a seller imposes on agents and potential home buyers, the less likely the buyer’s agent will direct their client to view your property. If you are curious as to whom has been to look at your house, be sure that your Riverside real estate agent installs a Supra Lockbox (if you have a good one, this will already be done) to monitor the coming and going of agents to the property. The Supra box can also have additional security to let you know who is going to access it even prior to the Supra box allowing the agent to obtain the key. Call your Riverside real estate agent team at 760.687.6072 for more information about “Call Before Showing” codes.
Tip#4 Showing Well
It is a great idea to make sure your home shows well. In addition to walking through the home and taking a close look at each room, another thing that you can do, and quite inexpensively, is to make sure your home is well lit. Don’t forget to turn on those extra table lamps. It will bring a more inviting atmosphere to your home. Also, if you can light a candle or two around your home. It will bring a sweet aroma cascading thru the house. A good course of action is to quickly go through the home and turn on ALL lights when someone is coming to see the home. Having all the lights on in your home for an hour would likely cost less than $4. Saving a couple bucks isn’t worth losing that good initial impression (which could help you get thousands more for your home).
Tip#5 Choosing The Right Riverside Realtor For You!
Finding and hiring the best equipped real estate agent is likely the single most important thing you can do. Of course our team is expert with regard to listing, marketing, and sales in Riverside and surrounding communities, but you might find this article on How To Find A Good Riverside Real Estate Agent very helpful.
So, if you are thinking of placing your home for sale, thinking about buying, or both… please don’t hesitate to contact my team. You can reach us anytime at 951.212.7479. We hope to hear from you soon!