Many things can go wrong during the process of selling your home. Whether you’ve already been trying to sell your house, but had no success in doing so, or you want to learn what you can before listing your home, this article will help you to get your house to sell quickly and for top dollar. Read on if you want to get an edge on the real estate market.
Use the right words when listing your home
Firstly, a lot of people don’t think too much about the language that they use when they list their house. That’s a big mistake to make. Being careful with your choice of words can make a big difference. At the same time, you shouldn’t lie. Not only would that be unethical, but it also wouldn’t make much sense, as the buyers would certainly want to see your house before buying. So, the key is in finding the right balance between carefully planted words and the truth.
For example, according to one analysis, owners of bottom-tier homes that have used the word “luxurious” while describing their houses had a tendency of selling for 8.2 percent above the amount that is expected for such homes. Using this word in relation to low-end houses is okay, but only if you have the right amenities and high-end finishes. Another thing that you could do to make your house more luxurious is to improve its curb appeal. Read this article on curb appeal and property condition to find out how.
If your house is in a very good condition, without any major faults and maybe only a few minor issues, then the word ”impeccable” is another word that you should use. Another useful word for owners of high-end houses was “captivating”. The owners of such houses that used this word have received about 6.5 percent more than what was expected.
However, there are also words that you should avoid. Buyers generally steer clear of listings that include words “fixer” and “TLC”. TLC is an acronym for “tender loving care”. Both of these words imply that the house would need serious fixing. Of course, as we said, you shouldn’t lie. However, if there are only minor faults with your house, you don’t have to use these words. Then, there’s the term “investor”. Houses that had this word in their descriptions actually sold for 6.6 percent less than what was expected. It seems that buyers assume that there will be some negotiation involved when they see this word. Apart from these “negative” words, here are some other unassuming factors that could pull down a house value.
Don’t set the price too high
One common mistake that people make is that they set the price too high. Today’s buyers can easily find out what the usual prices in the area are. So, what you can do is find three or four similar houses in the area, and then offer a lower price. How low should you go? That depends on a few factors, but if you can, try going 10 or 15 percent lower.
That may seem too low, but cheaply priced houses attract a lot of potential buyers. This means that people might bid for your house, thus increasing its price greatly above the original lower price. You won’t have to wait forever to sell your home. On the contrary, you’ll probably sell your house quickly and for top dollar.
Of course, this only applies if you don’t make any other major mistakes while selling. While we’re at it, if you do make mistakes, there’s one way to save money that immediately comes to mind. If you’re selling your house, that probably means that you’ll be moving. And if you’re moving, you should find a cheap moving company that also provides quality service. Don’t be lazy and ask around town in order to find such a company. For example, if you ask around Hamilton, Ontario, you’ll learn that the words “Number 1 Movers Hamilton Ontario” are synonymous with “a cheap, yet excellent moving company in Hamilton, Ontario”. Do this in your respective city to find the best moving company in your area.
Provide good photos
This one seems obvious, but some people might be too lazy to provide adequate pictures of their house. Don’t be one of those people! If you do, it will be a lot harder for you to sell your house. Imagine you were buying a home (and if you are, here are some important considerations to remember when buying a house). Would you even bother checking out the house that has only one, low-quality photo on display?
What’s more, according to one research, listings with less than nine pictures have 20 percent less chance of selling in 60 days. Not only should you take plenty of photos, but you should also include pictures of the best parts of your house. Apart from that, make sure that the photos aren’t too dark or fuzzy.
Wait for the right time to sell your house
If you’re not in too big of a hurry, maybe it would be best not to sell your house right away. The time when it’s best to sell differs depending on the area. For example, if you live in Texas it’s best to wait until late winter or early spring. That’s because it’s too hot for the rest of the year. People will be more inclined to bother checking out houses in the cooler parts of the year.
Similarly, if you live in a colder area, it might be best to wait until the weather gets warmer. For example, if you live in Hamilton, Ontario, wait until late spring or summer if you can. In the meantime, you can save money to keep you going if you get a precise estimate for your move online from Number 1 Movers. That way, you’ll easily see that their prices are great. And if you don’t live in Hamilton, get a precise estimate for whatever moving company you think is best.
Depersonalize your house and, if you can, leave a welcome gift
Finally, it’s a good idea to depersonalize your house before selling. Both the people looking at the photos of your house, and the folks who have come to check it out live, will have an easier time imagining your house becoming their new home if your stuff isn’t there. After all, they’d probably redecorate and change the layout of the place.
However, if you can, you should consider leaving some things as a sort of a welcome gift. If you can afford it, leaving, for example, a plasma TV screen would definitely entice some buyers. Of course, the screen shouldn’t influence the price of your house in any way, otherwise, it’s not a gift.
Here are a few more hacks that should help you to sell your house quickly and for top dollar:
- Investigate similar houses. Apart from their prices, there are other things to learn about these houses, such as their condition and a type of sale that their owners are having.
- Make sure that you’re very flexible about the time when potential buyers can see your house.
- Use social networks such as Facebook to advertise. Don’t forget to include hashtags, as without them you’ll probably only reach your inner social circle.
- If you’re feeling creative, making a video about your house could be very useful. Film yourself while walking around the house and the neighborhood. Describe to the viewers what makes your house great.
If you follow these hacks, we’re confident that you’ll sell your house quickly while earning top dollar at the same time. Of course, things can always go wrong, but if you’re not lazy, there’s a good chance that everything will go according to the plan. Good luck!
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