Have a Florida home to sell? Here are a few things you should know first.
Know the market.Find a real estate agent who has experience in the exact market you are looking to buy a home and find out from them what trends are current for your neighborhood.
Clean your home.A dirty home can put you in jeopardy for losing thousands of dollars. Giving your home a deep clean is one of the easiest and least costly things you can do that can possibly deliver a high return. The time you take to clean your home and pay off the cold hard cash. Don’t let your home be the smelly kid on the block. Smoking, cooking, pets—all smells that can turn a buyer off. Clean your home in advance making sure all odors are neutralized.
Price your home to sell.Your home gets the most attention at the beginning of the listing. New listings will draw in buyers looking for something new, especially if they haven’t found anything that they like so far. Your home will be in the spotlight so make sure that you price it well early on because homes that stay on the market too long start getting speculation about problems.
Selling a home can be a pain in the you-know-what.Potential buyers are going to see the inside of the home. That means you have to be flexible and open to scheduling time for walk-throughs. It’s a necessary inconvenience you will have to endure if you want to sell your home.
Repair BEFORE you sell.Don’t give the buyer the opportunity to try to knock off additional costs due to repairs. If you get it done before you sell your house, that’s the best way to go.
Pricing your home high.If you price your home too high, you’re going to shoot yourself in the foot. Buyers will look at your home and compared to other homes in the same price range and realize that they can get more space and features for the same amount of money, so they’re going to have to go with a different home.
Buyers want to talk negotiation after the home inspection.Inspections are incredibly stressful. You’re paying somebody to pick out everything that’s wrong with the home. Buyers like to use this as a leverage to talk down the price of the home. Make sure you disclose any major repairs before the inspection so you’ve already put it on record and the sale price reflects the repair costs.
Don’t be present at home showings.Buyers want to interrogate homeowners about the home, looking for any signs, signals or smoke screens about why you might “need” to move. Better to be absent and let your real estate agent handle it.