Quad Cities Real Estate Blog
Showing a home in the age of coronavirus is a challenging thing. Across the board, the real estate market is experiencing a dip in the number of individuals who are searching for homes at the same time as home sellers are attempting to reduce the number of people traveling through their space. Open houses are being cancelled, listings are being delayed, and many people are simply choosing to postpone their search for a home indefinitely.
For the past several years, the news about the real estate market has remained somewhat consistent: a seller’s market. Ever since the 2008 recession, home sales have continued apace, rebounding after the crash and regaining incredible momentum. That is, until the outbreak of the novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19). While this is a grim moment for humanity in general, the news for those looking to purchase a home seems to be getting a touch brighter.
As it goes with all other areas, the real estate world is deeply feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Ever since communities throughout the country have reported cases of the extremely contagious and potentially fatal virus within their midsts, individuals attempting to sell homes have found themselves somewhat at a loss when it comes to ways to continue with the process. While it is too early to know just how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect the real estate community – both the buyers and the sellers – it is clear that a change will take place.
As we move into uncharted territory within our community regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak, we wanted to take some time out to address the developing situation and what we are doing to ensure the safety of our clients, co-workers, families, and friends.
Today I’m sharing tips on how to prepare your home for sale.
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What do you need to do to prepare your home for sale? Since the spring market is coming soon, now is a great time to start doing those little projects that need to get done before you list. Sometimes this can seem overwhelming, but I’m here to help. Here are a few tips for preparing your property:
Walk through your home. One of the things I always tell my sellers is to walk through your house as if you were a buyer. What would you want to see done and how would you like it to look if you were buying it? That’s going to make all the difference as we present it to potential buyers. We want them to walk through and see all the wonderful elements of your property, not the aspects that need to be fixed. Remember: No home is perfect, so you will have a few things to fix up.
Paint and carpet. This is one of the best things you can do. Paint and carpet are two of the cheapest things you can do to dress up a home, and they make a large difference. No one wants to walk through a house and see a bunch of outdated items they’ll need to address if they buy it. If everything is done already, you’re more likely to get close to a full-price offer.
Staging. As you walk through the property, think about whether your furniture makes the home look dated. If it looks dated, you’ll want to stage your house. Staging truly helps a property sell better. I buy, sell, and flip a lot of homes, and I stage every property I am going to sell myself. The presentation of the property is everything when marketing the home.
Walk through your house as if you were a buyer.
Part of my job is to help you price your house correctly so it can sell in a relatively short time. In our current market, your property should not sit on the market longer than 45 to 60 days in most areas. In a good market, if the home looks good, doesn’t have anything strange about it (like an odd floor plan), and is in a desirable area, it should sell quickly. Quirky houses need to be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
We want to get you a full-price offer. We moved 310 houses in 2019, and our average days on market was 36 days, which beats the average for the area. Also, the fewer showings you have, the better.
I am always available to do a walk-through of your property if you’re aiming home to sell sometime in the future. I’ll take some notes and make suggestions of what you can do to sell it for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time. 20 years of experience tell me that’s the way to do it. If there’s anything else I can do to help you, reach out via phone or email. Also, please contact me if you have any questions about real estate. I would be happy to help.
The holidays are a tricky time to try and sell a home. We say this not only in mind of those who are looking to buy (it is a fact that there are more prospective buyers in the warmer, lighter months), but also for those who are attempting to sell. Here we are, in the heart of a season when people are encouraged to gather together in warm homes, surround themselves with people they love, decorate trees with bright colors and quirky ornaments and yet you are also attempting to move somewhere else. Especially for those with children (but also for those who simply love the season), how can you ensure that your holidays are merry and bright while also trying to keep your home ready for showings?
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