If you are looking to put your property on the Bay Area housing market, you may be wondering how to give yourself an edge over the competition and ensure you have a successful sale. With a few strategic tactics, you can make your property the most desirable on the market.
Work With an Agent
The single best thing you can do when it comes to maximizing the chance of a sale of your home is invest in a good real estate agent. Agents are skilled and experienced in selling homes, having been through many versions of it before, and are extremely competent in addressing problems and issues that arise. When you have a good agent, they take a lot of the workload off of you in what has to be done to sell your house, and will be able to offer you sound advice throughout the whole process. In addition, they are there to make sure all legal matters are properly taken care of, including finances, home inspections, stipulations of settlement and much more.
Create Curbside Appeal
Much of the interest that will drum up around your home and the public’s desire to visit it during your open house will come solely from an exterior look. People will drive by, or see the photo online and what they see will, in many cases, instantly determine if they are interested or not. You can think of it as a first impression for your house, and making it the best that it can be is critical. Clean up your yard, raking away dead leaves and trimming the hedges; plant flowers in the garden, or complete any lingering landscape projects. If there are unsightly items on the deck or in the backyard, get rid of them, and make the home outside look ready for a new owner or family.
Stage Your Home
As well as setting your home up so that it looks good from the outside, when it comes time for an open house and showings, it’s important to make your house look impeccable on the inside. Known as staging your home, it is the process of depersonalizing your space so that it looks ready to be occupied by somebody else, and not as if the potential buyers are walking through your house. Getting rid of clutter and personal items, taking pictures off the wall and then adding in neutral decorative items are all part of this process and increases the likeliness that your house will sell. Your agent will be able to help you with the steps of staging to make sure you maximize its potential.
While selling your home can be emotional and overwhelming, it only opens up the door for new opportunities for you. Whether you move to a new place, or take off and travel the world, getting your house sold is the foundation of your next goal!