Saturday, September 27, 2014 / by Teresa Dipeso
The peak home buying season may be winding down at the Jersey Shore, but there are still steps you can take to ensure a speedy sale. Setting the right price and making an excellent first impression are both essential to attracting buyers, but what else can you do to get the offers rolling in? Here are 10 tips to help you sell your Jersey Shore home as quickly as possible — even in the off season.
Price it right from the start.
Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the house fails to sell. But that can result in a slower sale-sometimes even at a lower price. The first 30 days' activity of your house being on the market is always the best activity you're going to see. If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you're not serious about selling or you're unwilling to negotiate.
Enhance your home's curb appeal.
This could mean adding new sod, planting flowers, painting the front door, or replacing the mailbox. Prospective buyers form an opinion the moment they spot the home. Curb appeal is important; driving up to the home and walking in the front door sets expectations.
Update the interior and exterior.
New fixtures, fresh paint and updated landscaping are all fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover. The property should look current and in style.
Clean, declutter, and depersonalize.
The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look, so remove knickknacks and excess furniture. Also take down family photos, political and religious items so prospective buyers can envision their family in the house, not yours. Finally, you may want to hire a cleaning service to give your home a deep cleaning.
Stage the house to show how the rooms are supposed to be used.
If you have odd rooms with no obvious role, give them one. An odd alcove off the kitchen could be staged as an office or a pantry, for example.
Make the property easy to show.
The more flexible you are about visits, the more people will be able to see your home. Be ready for prospective visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends, with little notice. Also, leave when the house is shown so potential buyers feel free to move about without feeling like intruders and honestly discuss the home's pros and cons.
Remove your pets.
We love our pets and they can be adorable. But as cute as they are, it's better to eliminate all traces when selling your home. Also remove their belonging such as dog dishes, pet toys and cat litter boxes (or at least hide them). If possible, a prospective buyer shouldn't even know that a pet lives in the home.
Make sure your listing is on all the major online portals.
This is usually part of an agent's service, but it doesn't hurt to double-check that your listing is on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and company web sites. It also helps if your realtor showcases your home on social media sites.
Ensure the listing has good photos, and lots of them.
Many home buyers begin their search online and decide which homes they want to see based on the photos. A picture is worth a thousand words; make sure they are good quality and showcase your home in its best light.
Share information about life in the neighborhood.
The listing should include photos of the house and nearby recreation, dining and shopping areas. You are marketing the home and the Jersey Shore lifestyle to prospective buyers.
When you are ready to sell your Jersey Shore home, contact The DiPeso Group. We offer the knowledge, experience and marketing programs to get your Jersey Shore home sold fast!
Courtesy U.S. News & World Report