What Can Sellers Do to Help Their Homes Sell More Quickly?

From Alan Kennedy’s blog, Home Mortgage Help:

Prepare in advance. Several months before listing your house for sell:

1. Take an honest assessment of your home and yard. Look critically at the structure of your home, noting any repairs that need to be made. Hire an inspector if needed to find damage that may not be obvious to you. Do the same for cosmetic issues that need attention, such as peeling wallpaper, molding that may be loose, walls that need painting, etc. Taking care of these issues before listing will cost you money and time, but will encourage potential buyers to take action.

2. Walk through your home and make sure it is decluttered and arranged attractively. Enter your own home from the front door and any secondary doors and look objectively at what you see. Do you need to remove some furniture to make the house look more spacious? Can you move about the space easily? Are closets too crowded? You want to present your home in the most attractive manner possible, and it may be worth your while to hire a professional to stage your home for a faster sale.

3. Give your home a deep clean, paying attention to those areas that are often overlooked, like the tops of door and window facings, light fixtures, and inside cabinets. This will give potential buyers assurance that the home is well-maintained, and they will appreciate that the home is in “move in” condition. Hire a professional if needed to ensure that your home will look its best.

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About christinahammondhomes

Christina Hammond is currently a real estate agent for Keller Williams Greater Athens in Athens, Georgia. Her interests in real estate began when she was an undergraduate at Arizona State University, where she studied business and psychology. During her years at ASU, she apprenticed with one of the top producing real estate brokers in the area, learning the details of real estate sales in a large metropolitan area. This practical experience, combined with her university studies, further increased her interest in real estate as a career. Christina excels in developing close working relationships with clients that often grow into long term friendships. She has 15 years of real estate experience, the last 8 in the Athens area. As in Phoenix, she has fostered many connections with her clients and finds this part of her work more satisfying in this smaller venue. As Christina says, “It is enormously rewarding to help a client find a home that is right for them. Homes are the physical manifestation of many people’s dreams, and it is hard to express the satisfaction of helping someone find a home that they love.” Of course, selling real estate requires shrewd understanding of the market and competing forces. Such skills were honed through her academic experience, understanding legal contracts, business negotiations, market competition, etcetera. But from Christina’s perspective, real estate is fundamentally about the people, rather than just buying and selling. When she is contracted, her obligation to her client is paramount, and she will represent them as assertively as is necessary. Christina states, “You learn quickly that in a big city, as well as a smaller community, a great agent must be thorough and aggressive, so that the client can know that their interests are being managed effectively, and it allows them to relax and focus on the big picture.”
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