Like many places, the residential real estate market on the Gulf Coast typically kicks into high gear during the summer months since kids are out of school and it’s the easiest time for families to make a major change. While COVID-19 has definitely changed many moving plans this year, we know there are still people who must move to due jobs or to be closer to loved ones.
If you’re going to need to make a move this summer, having someone to help you walk through the process is key, especially during these uncertain times. But even during pre-virus times, having a REALTOR® had clear advantages. The typical for-sale-by-owner home sold for $200,000 compared to $265,500 for agent-assisted home sales in 2017, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.
Along with helping you earn top dollar, REALTORS® know tips and tricks of the trade that will make the entire process smoother for you and your family. Check out the answers to these common listing questions for an idea of the advice a REALTOR® can provide:
Should I get my home inspected before I list? If you need to move quickly, then having the home inspected prior to listing it is an excellent way to speed up the process. You’ll have the opportunity to address the major issues that can pop up during an inspection and slow down the process. Even if you don’t need to move quickly yourself, you may be working with a potential buyer that does, and having any issues fixed in advance could be a huge selling point for your home.
How else can I help the process go smoothly? In short, get your paperwork in order. You’ll need copies of most anything pertaining to the house: mortgage, home warranty, termite bond and property survey just to name a few. It’s also helpful to have any warranties on appliances or other home repairs. To truly stand out, be able to provide who you use for services like pest control, lawn care and HVAC maintenance, along with estimates for utility bills. Minimizing unknowns helps buyers feel secure purchasing your home, making the process more efficient for you both.
What should I do to get my home ready to sell? Redoing a kitchen or a bathroom isn’t always the answer. “Some think that if you put $20k into their kitchen, they’ll automatically get $20k back out, and that’s not always the case,” Bellator Relocation Director David Horn explains. “A seasoned real estate agent will be able to tell you where your dollars will make the most impact.” He suggests decluttering closests and kitchen counters to make the areas look more spacious as well as repainting any quirky colors with neutral tones. Another suggestion: “WD40 is your friend when you’re about to sell your house. All that stuff squeaking makes it feel like the house hasn’t been maintained well.” In that same vein, adding curb appeal is a low-cost solution to make your home stand out from the rest. Plant colorful flowers, pressure wash the fence or paint your door to make it pop.
At the end of the day, prepping your home to sell is all about allowing potential buyers to envision themselves making your house their next home.