To get top dollar for your home, you need to play an active part in getting the property ready for listing and mapping out a strategy to sell it. Here are 3 tips to make your house stand out from the competition!

1. Engage a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood.
A real estate agent will advise you on the asking price, marketing, and negotiation strategy. For instance, an agent will research how much homes like yours are going for in your area so you know how much to ask. An agent will also negotiate an offer, including clauses and contingencies in the purchase agreement; explain paperwork you may not understand; and deal with the home inspection, commissioning repairs, or negotiating credits with the seller.

2. Declutter the house.
A potential buyer won’t be in love with all your beloved stuff, so pack it up and store it in the garage or basement, so your home presents a neutral aspect. Put away personal effects such as photographs and mementos. You don’t have to leave the home bare, but do go minimalist so potential buyers can imagine themselves and their furnishings in your home.

3. Map out a marketing strategy.
If you have a real estate agent, use the agent’s expertise to develop a marketing strategy. You’ll need good quality pictures — better than those you take on your phone — with good lighting. Pictures should look professional to show off your home to the best advantage.

⭐️⭐️BONUS tip: Plan on how to show your home!
One disadvantage of selling your home yourself is having to show it to potential buyers. Home shoppers sometimes feel inhibited or intimidated with the owner present — yet another advantage of having an agent to show the home for you.

If you are interested in listing your home this coming year, send us a message! We would love to connect with you to ensure you receive the best possible offer for your home.