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WHAT TO EXPECT FOR SELLERS

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR SELLERS

Selling your home may be an exciting time for most people. It usually means a life-change and hopefully for the better! There are high emotions and expectations as you wait for your home to sell. I try to help my clients realize that not all homes sell immediately and there may be some frustration as you wait for your perfect buyer.

So in an effort to make the selling process as painless as possible, here are a few tips.

STAGING YOUR HOME

Before we begin showing your home, it is good to go through the home inside and out and stage it for showing success. Staging your home involves:

  • Removing clutter – store excess furniture, heirlooms and junk in an off-site storage facility. This makes rooms seem larger and keeps the buyer’s eyes focused on your home and not your kids pictures.
  • Repainting dingy or overly colorful room a neutral color
  • Make simple repairs to leaky faucets, broken door handles, chipped wood frames.
  • Paint or clean your front door. This is a huge curb appeal quick-fix. Fast, easy, inexpensive.
  • Replace light bulbs with a lower wattage to add ambiance (but not too dim).

Tips:

  • Recover throw pillows for a fun, fast update.
  • Use greenery to help bring a little color to a room.
  • Use Craigslist or thrift stores to purchase quick decor items. Remember: “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”.

SHOWING YOUR HOME

I will place a lockbox on your door. The lockbox will hold the key to your home. Only agents with the code can access this key, and the code is not shared with anyone until the showing is confirmed. This will allow Agents and Buyers access to your home when I am not available.

Showing your home is probably the most frustrating part of selling your home. However, it is also the most important. Keep your home clean and clutter-free to be able to show on a moment’s notice. Buyers may not always have the ability to know which homes they want to see until the last minute. This is where a flexible seller has an edge over someone who isn’t. Please be willing to show your home.

OPEN HOUSE

During the time that your home is on the market we may schedule an Open House. This allows many potential buyers to view your home on one day. This is something we will discuss and decide if an open house would be beneficial to the exposure for your home.

TRAFFIC TO YOUR HOME

You usually get the most showings in the first several weeks your home is listed. Please do not worry if your home has not sold yet and traffic slows down. An average home sells within 60-90 days. If a potential buyer returns more than once to see your home, that is a good thing. It typically means they have your home on their short-list and they may be considering an offer. I will pay very close attention to comments and traffic patterns, and I will  stay in touch with Agents who have interested buyers.

COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING

I know how important communication is during the selling process. It is not only important to discuss showing appointments, but to review the feedback from these appointments. I have programs in place to help me monitor feedback at all times. If I do not hear from an Agent, I will call or email them and ask for their feedback. In addition to feedback from showings, I will send you  periodic reports to show you how your listing appears online and the traffic to your listing. These reports are very important for determining whether it is time to make a price improvement.

CHANGING COURSE

It is my goal and mission to price your home to sell quickly the FIRST time. This is very important to the success of the sale. If a buyer notices that the price of a house has been reduced multiple times, they may be concerned about possible issues with the property and may not consider viewing the home. This is where proper pricing comes in. A home that is priced correctly WILL sell. So if it has been 6 to 8 weeks and your listing has been receiving regular website traffic, it may be time to reevaluate your sales price or make physical improvements that could enhance your home.

We will discuss all these details in-depth after we have signed the listing agreement and your home is ready to sell!

Please let me know if you have questions about any of this. After all, I am the area expert!!!

Contact Information

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Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner
Realty Executives NOLA
515 N. Causeway Blvd.
Mandeville LA 70448
Northshore: 985-231-3130
Southshore: 504-564-7676

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Kim Higgins, ABR, CRS, ePRO
Licensed in Louisiana, USA

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