We want to pass along some time-proven tips of real estate sales. Consider these "trade secrets", provided exclusively for our readers!
#1 Adapt your home staging strategy according to the season that you are selling in. As the practice of home staging continues to evolve, creating a simple conversation space in a living room can get complicated and elaborate. Keep the staging simple and rather neutral to appeal to more buyers. In the summer, use shorter furniture to make a room feel bigger & longer! And during showings, play soft background music in the colder months to make a home seem cozier.
#2 Buyers can't resist the smell of freshly cut grass! It's not unheard of to cut the grass before every showing. Maintain excellent curb appeal while your home is on the market. It is where a potential buyer will get their first impression!
#3 Avoid real estate black holes. Most markets have listing "black holes" which are times that listings get lost in the abyss of sunny weekends, family vacations and holidays. Try to avoid listing your home right before locals head of out town for Memorial Day Weekend or the 4th of July!
#4 Exaggerated listing only serve to disappoint potential buyers. It's the same concept as online dating - don't over promise and under deliver! It may seem like a good idea to capture the attention of a potential buyer by promising a beautiful "lake front property". But, when your home is just situated near a small pond, buyers will leave disappointed with a bad taste in their mouths. Take the true positive features of your home and highlight those instead.
#5 It is better to price your home correctly from the start than allow it to sit on the market for too long. In a hot real estate market, it is considered "too long" for a house to sit unsold for 3-4 weeks. This is a sure sign that the home was not correctly priced. Dropping the price can be seen as desperate, so it is better to put yourself in a situation where you receive multiple fair offers than try to get greedy with an unrealistic price.
#6 There is a month that is seen as the ideal time to sell your home. Can you guess?? Home sales in June are typically 29% above average! June lands happily in the middle of "housing season", which is unofficially considered as February - September.