Are you thinking of selling your home? Here are some ways to help you attract buyers—and the more buyers you have, the greater the chances of commanding the best price for your property. We also give ideas on small, affordable changes you can make that will increase the value of your home, and possibly convince someone to accept your price, no questions asked.
Upload your pictures
Most people look for property online. Join an online listing, and most importantly, add as many photos as you can of your home and the neighborhood. One study conducted by real estate listing websites showed that sellers who had shared more than 6 pictures doubled their number of inquiries, and were able to sell their properties faster.
Go on Youtube
If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a video can do! Create a video tour of the home and the neighborhood, including little details on the kind of lifestyle that your buyer will be able to enjoy. ‘This park is just a five minute walk from the house. My kids loved playing here!’ you can say. You can even interview your kids on what they loved most about the house. Upload this video on Youtube and add that link to all online listings or flyers.
Ask the help of neighbors
Ask neighbors to share the link to your online listing, or post a jpeg of your flyer in Facebook or via email. After all, they may want the chance to ask a good friend or relative to buy the house and become their new neighbor!
Add a few bonuses
Offer to leave behind some of the furniture or appliances—ideally those that are beyond the typical homebuyer’s budget (and which probably won’t fit into your new home). This can include your kids’ backyard playsets, a stainless steel kitchen appliance, or that expensive leather massage chair that really won’t work in your new living room.
Invest in repairs
Tempt potential buyers with the promise that they don’t have to spend or be inconvenienced by repairs. This can include having a termite inspection, fixing the roof, or doublechecking the electrical wiring. Even little things, like loose door knobs, should be addressed before you show your home. A new coat of paint, or a gorgeous garden with comfortable outdoor furniture to play on fantasies of breakfast al fresco, can all make a difference in a buyer’s decision to buy.