Prior to placing your Johnston County house on the market, it is essential that you use strategies that can help you with pricing your home to sell fast. Without knowing what to do, you could easily price it below market value in a rush to get it sold, or even not sell it because you went the OTHER way – which would be even worse.
If you really do want to sell your home, there are some important considerations to make, all of which are discussed in this article. Remember that once you set a price you can always lower it, but you can’t usually raise it. So if you ARE going to err, err on the high side!
Where to put the focus
While people who look at your home care about every room, they often place a disproportionate emphasis on the bathroom and kitchen. For this reason, you may be able to significantly increase your home’s value by doing remodeling in these rooms. If you’re planning to sell the house, you probably don’t want to spend money on mere cosmetics, but take care of any urgent or obvious issues first. If you need a new refrigerator or cabinets in the kitchen, for example, you should do this before showing the house.
You should really paint the inside of your home, and also the exterior, if that would help make the sale. For interiors, wallpaper is always another option. If your fence needs to be repaired, fix it! If you have a broken door, or a door knob missing, make sure those repairs are also done.
Spruce up Your Bathrooms?
If the bath areas are showing obvious signs of use and age, it might be a good idea to hit them before showing as well. Making any essential improvements to the bathroom (e.g. shower, toilet, tiles) can also be a very good investment to increase the value of your home. Don’t want to spring for a whole major remodeling in the bathroom but still want that crisp look? How about some cabinet refinishing or tile reglazing? Refinishing the tub does NOT have to break the bank. Contact a local refinisher such as SpecializedRefinishing.com to learn more about bathroom countertop refinishing, tile refinishing and more.
Whatever you do, the house does need to look good. Well, unless you’re into the short sale market, then that’s a whole new ballgame – and we’ll skip THAT subject in this article. Under NORMAL circumstances, you need to get your home into “move in ready” shape prior to showing – and keep it that way. You NEVER know when a potential buyer may want to view the house.
Save those Receipts!
Make SURE you save all the receipts on improvements you have made that will show an increase in worth. If you have made any major alterations to your home you should make this paperwork available to your real estate agent (we of course favor Teresa Byrd over at HomesForSaleClayton.com.) By doing this, when a potential buyer comes along, there will be some sort of reference paperwork to back up those spiffy new mods.
Sell The WHOLE Package – Your Hometown Too
Your real estate agent already knows this, but you may also want to do some research on local info, local events, restaurants, shopping, schools, and other features around your town to share with people looking at your home. If you’re moving away, we’ll miss you, but who knows BETTER what all the great features of this buyer’s new potential hometown has than someone who actually lives there? While your buyers may have done some research on the local market already, it never hurts to have this kind of stuff handy to put things in perspective for them! Knowing that the school around the corner from their potential new home is an award winning school is a GREAT thing to be able to tell potential home buyers with kids! And of course, the old standbys like how nice the weather is, low crime rate, friendly folks and all that.
Bearing in mind that you’re likely in the Johnston County area if you’re reading this, our area has a lot of great things happening that you CAN tell them about. Local events like the Clayton Harvest Festival, numerous farmers markets throughout Johnston County, shopping is always close by, Raleigh is only 20 minutes up Highway 70/I-40 if they need more excitement – Clayton and Johnston County have a a lot of interesting things and features right here with a whole lot more not too far away! And you seriously just can’t beat the cost of real estate here in JoCo. Put some good local websites on there like the DowntownClayton.org site – always full of local events and goings-on. If you can locate this kind of information, make copies so you can have it available to share with them.
If you keep the above guidelines in mind, it will be easier to get the best possible price for your home. You are going to be one of the best salespeople when it comes to your home! Your objective is to settle upon a price that’s fair to both you and the ultimate buyer of your home. Make sure you consider everything that adds value to your home, including the property and all those other intangibles, when deciding upon your asking price.