Selling a home involves numerous responsibilities, from finding a Realtor® and staging the property to addressing repairs and researching market value. In the midst of this bustling activity, certain crucial tasks can slip through the cracks, even though they shouldn’t. To help you avoid these oversights, we’ve consulted real estate agents experienced in working with home sellers. By dedicating a small amount of time to these often-forgotten tasks, you can significantly reduce the stress associated with selling your house.
- Conduct a Google search of your address: While not all sellers do it, it’s essential to search online for information about your property. According to the National Association of Realtors®, 90% of buyers utilize online platforms during their home search. Examining your online listing is crucial as it can shape buyers’ concerns. Check if the estimated value aligns with your asking price, as inaccuracies in tax records regarding the number of bedrooms or bathrooms can be easily corrected. Additionally, ensure that any improvements you’ve made are reflected in Google Maps’ street view.
- Account for past improvements and issues: If you’ve owned your home for some time, create a list of problems you’ve resolved while residing there. Whether it’s addressing chimney fires, water damage, or basement floods, it’s vital to disclose this information to potential buyers to avoid legal complications after the sale. Moreover, don’t forget to mention any “invisible improvements” such as regrading or French drain installations, as these can provide added reassurance to buyers.
- Verify your real estate agent’s references: Choosing the right real estate agent is crucial, as their competence and conduct can profoundly impact your experience, finances, and peace of mind. Take extra steps to find a reputable agent by seeking recommendations from friends and acquaintances. Ensure the agents you consider hold valid licenses with no complaints lodged against them. It’s also prudent to meet potential agents and directly contact a few of their references to gather valuable insights. Ask questions about their confidence in the agent, market knowledge, communication skills, negotiation abilities, and responsiveness.
- Emphasize social media marketing: Beyond staging, pricing, and listing your property, it’s crucial to prepare a comprehensive social media marketing plan. Engage in strategies such as video tours, floor plans, and photo galleries promoted through platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Your agent should utilize all available avenues to attract the right buyers. Make sure your home receives proper exposure on your agent’s website, their agency’s website, and other relevant platforms that market homes and provide information about open houses.
- Attend to small repairs, like the doorbell: Attention to detail can make a significant difference in the perception of your home. Neglecting small cosmetic repairs, such as a malfunctioning doorbell, may cause buyers to question the overall condition of the property. First impressions matter, and a well-maintained exterior signals pride of ownership, resulting in less work and expense for the buyer during the transition.
- Thoroughly clean every nook and cranny: Buyers highly value storage space when considering a home. Expect them to inspect closets, drawers, cabinets, appliances, and even the dishwasher—regardless of whether they’re cleaned or not. Investing in a professional deep-cleaning service will yield returns far exceeding the cost. In addition to ensuring surfaces sparkle, pay meticulous attention to small spaces, eliminating dust, crumbs, and pests.
- Clearly communicate excluded items: Avoid the disappointment of a buyer falling in love with custom window treatments only to retract their offer upon discovering that the curtains aren’t included. Clarify which items will not be part of the sale to manage expectations and prevent any misunderstandings.
By addressing these often-forgotten tasks, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the selling process successfully. Minimizing oversights and attending to essential details will contribute to a smoother and less stressful home-selling experience.
At the Fred Delgado Real Estate Group, our priority is to help you sell your house for top dollar. With our years of experience in the local market, our team of experts can guide you through the process every step of the way. We understand that selling a home can be a stressful experience, but we’re here to help.
To make the process as smooth as possible, we offer a complimentary Sellers Guide that includes valuable tips on preparing your home for sale, pricing your property correctly, and negotiating effectively. Download your copy today from our website or by contacting us directly.
Don’t let the stress of selling your property in Arizona overwhelm you. Contact the Fred Delgado Real Estate Group today and let us help you achieve your real estate goals.