If you’ve decided to sell your Shawnee KS home, you are likely thinking of ways to get it market-ready. So are the other home sellers in your area.
In a sea of competing homes all vying for buyers’ attention, how do make your house stand out?
No matter the motivation, selling a home fast is always a good idea. If you are selling your home, you need to do it quickly. Remember that the longer your property is on the market, the less valuable it becomes because the probability of getting a lower offer increases.
Here’s a little guide on the quickest way to sell your home:
- Find an experienced real estate agent.
The first and most important step to sell a house fast is to hire a successful real estate agent as soon as you make the decision to put your home on the market. Your agent will serve as the main point of contact for both you and the potential buyers of your home as he or she schedules showings, crafting your listing, and marketing your home.
If you sell your home without a real estate agent, expect to go for thousands of dollars less than if you sell with an agent. Selling your home without an agent is not only risky but is also time-consuming and takes a lot of hard work.
- Be smart about your listing price
While listing your home for the highest price possible sounds logical, that is not how it works. Do not think that asking for the highest price is okay, thinking that buyers will attempt to negotiate it down. In reality, buyers do not have the time and patience to scope out homes that will require long negotiations.
Listing the home above value is not a sensible strategy, and this is where most home sellers fail. If you list your home for too high a price, do not expect buyers to take interest in your home. If nobody bids on your home, you know what happens next—it becomes just another stale listing. If your home goes stale and sits on the market for too long without any bids, then you might just end up getting a lower price in the end.
The best thing that you can do when pricing your home is to consider the prices of other homes in your area and price them accordingly. If you list your home based on market value, you will generate a bidding war and will likely get an offer that is at, close to, or even higher than the price that you listed your home for.
- Keep in mind that appearance is everything
When selling a home, remember that its appearance is all that matters. In home selling, there are two scenarios in which a home is viewed in—vacant and non-vacant. In both scenarios, how you get your home to appeal to potential buyers’ emotions is very crucial. Therefore, don’t take home staging for granted.
Home staging includes replacing your old and worn out carpets, putting on fresh paint, updating your appliances, updating your light fixtures, and hiring a landscaper. You also need to declutter and depersonalize when staging your home to give it a brand new look and feel. Hit buyers where it counts: their eyes and hearts.
- Market your home online
Nowadays, you can’t underestimate the value of keeping up with current technology when it comes to selling a home. Don’t expect people to want to view your home and buy it if they don’t get intrigued by your online real estate listing.
You probably know by now that these days, the internet is the driving force behind home sales. If you want to sell your house fast, keep that in mind. Most homebuyers today start their house hunt online, so make sure you take full advantage of social media when marketing your property.
Nowadays, mobile devices are the most popular way to browse the web. A study has revealed that 71% of Americans choose their smartphones and tablets over any other internet connected device when making an online search. This means that when you list a home for sale, always note that people will likely look at it from their mobile devices. Be particularly vigilant about the photos you post!
Also, take note that professional photography of your home can leave you with thousands of dollars more than if you use a low-definition device for taking photos. If you want your property to stand out in the MLS, carefully choose the clear and sharp photos of your property.
What sells a Shawnee KS home fast
Understanding what buyers want is the key to preparing your house to be more appealing. When you know what they want and what they are looking for, you will know how to sell your house fast and you can prepare and stage your house better.
Different buyers want different things, from style to exterior materials to amenities and numbers of rooms. But as widely different their preferences may be, there are some basic things buyers are looking for when they come for a home showing.
What are some things buyers are looking for?
Generally, most buyers, especially the millenials, want a move-in ready property. Buying a house means spending a significant amount of money, and any repairs or repainting jobs are a turn-off because it means spending more.
A reasonably-sized property that offers flexible living spaces is another thing many buyers are on the lookout for. Although there are some who prefer the traditional home-style where there are separate rooms for different functions, most buyers prefer houses with open floor plans for the open and airy look.
Regardless of age, many buyers are looking for conveniently located homes in desirable communities. These would be homes with access to good school districts and offer a shorter commute to work.
How to make your Shawnee home for sale more appealing
When you are selling a house, aside from knowing how much it is worth and pricing it right, the the best way to make it stand out is to make it respond to what buyers want.
Although there are some variables you cannot control, like the location, there are many things you can do to make your house be the right house for the buyer.
Here are five ways you can turn your Shawnee KS home to a buyer-magnet house.
1. Make it move-in ready. This means your house should be repaired repainted, and cleaned so that all the buyers have to do is unpack their items.
Repair the broken windows and loose cabinets, replace the leaky faucets, update the lights, etc. Basically, do the necessary cosmetic repairs to make the house ready for its new owners.
Give your home for sale a new feel by repainting it inside and out. Painting is the cheapest way to improve a house. Go for neutral colors rather than bold ones because you want the house to be pleasing to more people, not just your eyes.
Cleaning is crucial in home selling. You’ve got to clean everything in the house from the cupboards to the top and bottom of the cabinets, under the sink, the corners, the baseboards, the appliances, the basement, everything.
If you have no time to clean, hire some professional cleaners. They can get the house clean and sparkly in no time.
Here are some tips for making your Shawnee KS home move-in ready:
- Host a pre-listing party
You can do this by inviting some of your trusted friends to come over for a second opinion. Let them go from room to room in your home and ask them what you need to change or if they see a red flag anywhere. This will give you an extra set of eyes on your home and will help you create a solid list of potential improvements to discuss with your agent before you list your property.
As the home seller, your goal is to help your potential buyers see your actual home and not the stuff in it. Closets get full and extra pieces of furniture may get crammed into corners. Bookshelves may also overflow. MOVE OUT ALL THE EXTRAS. Make sure that as potential buyers check out your home, every closet will show off enough storage space.
Decluttering is all about getting every room of your home scream “possibilities” instead of “I can’t fit one more thing in here.” If you don’t have enough storage space for all your unnecessary stuff, you may rent a portable storage unit and have it delivered to your home. That way, you can box up all the extras and have them delivered straight to your next home.
- Clear the garage
Make the future owners of your home feel that their cars can fit into your garage. Clean it out by getting rid of your bike parts, boxes and haphazard clutter. You may also want to move them all out through a portable storage unit, making some room for buyers to imaging parking their dream car in your garage.
- Go neutral
Don’t make it hard for potential buyers to see themselves in your home. Think neutral by not going for brightly painted walls, wall murals and wallpaper trim. Since your Shawnee KS home will soon not be your home anymore, consider getting rid of those specialty wallpapers and bold-colored walls and replacing them with a simple beige satin wall paint with a semi-gloss white or off-white pain trim. This will give your potential buyers the “blank canvas” feeling.
- Refresh bathrooms and kitchen counters
Grout, tile and natural stone restoration is a must when it comes to making your home for sale move-in ready. If you think your bathrooms and kitchen counters have already lost their luster, look into having them refreshed without having to spend much.
The web has a wealth of contractors offering deals for natural stone, tile and grout restoration. For not a lot of money, you can bring back the shine on your tiling and counters and get that long-neglected grout back to clean.
2. Update the kitchen. The kitchen is still the king of the home. Do you know that it is the first place most buyers want to visit first when they come in for home showing?
If the kitchen counter is already showing signs of old age, and there are plenty of cracked tiles on the kitchen and bathroom, it is time to update it.
3. Stage it. When you want a house to sell fast, stage it. Staging sets your home in the best light and makes it more appealing to buyers.
Do you know why you love model homes? Because it gives you that cozy, homey, inviting feel, yet it looks clean and presentable.
That’s what staging does to the home. It helps buyers get a feel of the lifestyle they will enjoy in the house. It helps the buyers imagine the possibilities of each area of the living space. Check out online for ways on how to stage a house.
4. Don’t forget the curb appeal. First impressions matter! When you want a great first impression, work on your curb appeal.
Make sure that the front yard is neat and tidy and has been recently mowed, that the shrubs and flower garden have been neatly trimmed, that the walkway and driveway have been power washed so they look nice and spotless, and that the front porch is clean and inviting.
Take your home’s exterior as a book cover that sets the stage for what is inside. Whether you are interested in selling or just want to make some improvements for your own satisfaction, adding curb appeal to your home is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to make your Shawnee KS home look nicer. If you are selling, it also helps boost your home’s value!
Take a look at these ideas for improving your curb appeal:
- Add some fresh greenery and flowers
- Improve your lawn by mowing the grass, raking off the leaves and pulling weeds
- Make your front door stand out instead of blend in
- Replace your light sources with something a bit more fun and fresh
- Create focal points that are appealing to the eyes and instantly make your home look more put together
- Replace your old mailbox with something more stylish
- Clear out all the debris you can find in your gutters and scrub them until they look good as new
- Add a wreath that can make your front door look elegant
- Remove your old house numbers with new ones
- Power wash all the dirt and grime off your porch, siding and driveway
- Take care of small repairs
- Design a clear path to make your home look more inviting
- Find a good balance when it comes to how many pieces of furniture to place outside your home
5. Give it the right price. One of the most important things you can do to make your house attractive to buyers is to price it right. No matter how beautiful a home is, if it is overpriced, it will stay on the market for a long time.
This is where you need the help of a reputable real estate agent like me, Lea Deo, comes in. I can help you price your home right based on the CMA and current real estate market.
Follow these five techniques and see buyers come to your Shawnee home for sale in no time.
Selling your home soon? Call me, Lea Deo, at 913-233-9547 and let’s discuss how we can get your home ready to sell fast and for its best price.
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