If you’re about to list your property for sale in a community in or around Charleston, SC, know that you can do a number of things to improve your chances of a quicker sale and a higher offer.
Assess Your Home
When sellers list their homes for sale, they don’t want to list at a price that’s too low, because they’ll lose out on funds they could have made had they priced their property correctly. At the same time, they don’t want to list too high only to have the property sit on the market way too long.
An accurate assessment of your home will help you and your real estate agent come up with an asking price that’s just right, one that both you and your potential buyers are happy with. Pricing correctly for the condition, size, age, style, and location of your home typically translates into more property showings, a quicker offer, and possibly even multiple offers.
In addition to evaluating your own home, you and your real estate agent will want to consider the prices of homes recently sold in your neighborhood. These comparable listings can serve as a benchmark when determining your asking price.
Get Your Property Ready For Showings
- You don’t need to finish your basement or redo your whole kitchen, but if you’re like most homeowners, you will need to do a bit of work to get your property ready for listing. At a minimum, here’s what you should take care of:
- Pack Up Your Personal Items: It’s easier for potential buyers to see themselves turning your property into their home when it isn’t cluttered with personal photos and memorabilia. You’ll have to pack these items up eventually; go ahead and pack them up before listing to create a more inviting environment for your buyers.
- Fix Whatever’s Unsafe: You don’t want buyers to trip over that broken front step, for example, or hurt themselves trying to open a door or window that’s jammed. If there are any unsafe areas in your home, have these repairs taken care of before listing your property for sale.
- Tidy Up The Yard: Are there weeds everywhere? Do you have dead trees or bushes that are taking away from the beauty of your yard? A little bit of yard clean-up will go a long way in creating a favorable impression and increasing the value of your property.
Organize Your Packing
By organizing your packing, you can get a handle on this job without succumbing to stress. Before you list your home, pack up as many things as possible that you can live without for now, and store all of your boxes in one small area of your house. You can use your garage, basement, attic, or a spare room as a temporary storage place, thus keeping the rest of your home fully accessible and free of clutter. Better yet, store your moving boxes offsite with a professional temporary storage service.
Give Potential Buyers Privacy
Before you list your home for sale, decide what you’ll do when buyers come by with their Realtors to look at your property. It’s best to give potential buyers privacy so that they feel comfortable taking a close look. The last thing you want to do is make them feel rushed during the showing. These times give you the opportunity to run errands, go for a walk, or visit a neighbor. Whatever you decide to do, the important thing is that you leave your home to let the potential buyers’ real estate agents do a thorough job of showing your home.
What Buyers Look For In Our Region
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world. Our Charleston area communities offer so much in terms of location. Many buyers looking for real estate in Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, Summerville, Seabrook Island, Oyster Point, Carolina Bay, and so many of our other exciting communities want waterfront access, island living, relaxing water views, and the quality lifestyle that goes along with living by the sea.
Of course, every buyer is looking for something slightly different. Some want affordability, others seek privacy, and many are looking for that perfect open, flowing floor plan. Whether you’re selling a large estate or a modest bungalow, know that there’s someone out there looking for what you’re offering. Your job is to select the right real estate agency that knows the area well and will create a description of your home that draws buyers in.
How RE/MAX FullSail Realty Can Help
As a full-service real estate agency serving communities in Charleston and beyond, we can help you prepare your home for sale. We’ll come up with the right asking price, and we’ll create an attractive listing for you. What’s more, we’ll walk you through the whole process to your home-selling success! Contact RE/MAX FullSail Realty today to get started.