How to prepare your home for sale
How to prepare your home for sale
Making the decision to sell your house can be a large undertaking, with many factors contributing to the decision and timing of when and how to sell. The real estate market here in the Outer Banks is unlike many other markets, and using beach homes from other areas is not always an accurate comparison or guide. It may seem like deciding to sell is the biggest step, but in fact, that is just the tip of the iceberg, as the decisions and preparations that you make now will ultimately pave the way for the end result of the sale. The single most important call that you will make will be to a realtor who understands the Outer Banks housing market. The sooner you make that call, the smoother the process of selling your house will be. We will outline some of the most important things that our experience has shown will maximize the return on your beach house investment.
Be Sure that all of the Prep Work is Done Before Listing
We know that before a house is listed on the market, extensive preparations need to be made. We are experts in this market, and have seen and shown hundreds of homes, so we understand the difference between good and great, and your home will be in great condition before it is shown. Once it is listed, the clock starts ticking, and time is of the essence. Research has shown that since 2016, the average time that a home on the Outer Banks has been on the market before being sold has decreased by 25%. With this knowledge in hand, it is imperative that you understand the true value of your house, as well as what the potential value is. We will evaluate your home and recommend some modifications. Some of these suggestions that we will make are not 100% necessary to make today, but by investing in those upgrades, you can significantly increase the value of the home, and transfer that value into the asking price. Many homeowners would never notice these small abnormalities, whether a leaky faucet, or a door handle that jiggles, but we will notice, and so will a potential home buyer.
We Do Market Research Every Day
We make a living selling homes on the Outer Banks, and have worked with both buyers and sellers. We know this market inside and out, and specialize in maximizing the asking, and ultimately, the selling price of your home. Because of the cyclical nature of the Outer Banks real estate market, it is important to figure out what is selling right now. We have access to data and figures not only on homes that are currently for sale, but also those homes that we have sold for other clients recently. We know what features and amenities are valued by home buyers, and will make recommendations based on that knowledge. Ultimately, you will know that our recommendations are based upon years of field research, and not just our opinion or preference. We can tell you that although you love having your hot tub on the back deck, similar homes are selling for more by using that back deck space for something different altogether. This does not mean that you need to make major renovations before selling, but it will give you an idea of what the market is reacting to. Your realtor is an excellent source for upgrade opportunities for your home.
Call Today, and We Will Take Your Worry Away
Buying or selling a house is one of the biggest decisions that most people make in their lives. Once you have decided that the time is right to sell your Outer Banks house, a local, trusted realtor will work tirelessly to get you the best price for it. We will make sure that an accurate appraisal is done, and will provide honest feedback and recommendations on necessary steps to be made before listing the house. Once your house is on the market, the clock is ticking, and every day that it sits there, your potential return is diminishing. You have invested the time and money to make this house worth living in, and we will be sure that you get every cent and hour in return. Good luck!