Selling a home in central Florida can be a stressful time. It’s overwhelming packing everything up, staging the home, making small or even major repairs and then pricing the home correctly. Where do you start?
Because I not only work with sellers but buyers as well, I’ve helped hundreds of sellers prepare their homes for today’s buyers. It doesn’t have to be a stressful time but also, understanding and gaining some knowledge on the process can put you steps ahead of your competition and ease your mind.
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Here are some things that I want all of my Florida home sellers to know.
Don’t sell it by yourself
of course I’m going to say that, I’m a real estate agent, this is my job. But, statistics have shown that those that try to sell a home themselves not only eventually get frustrated enter into a real estate agent but tend to sell for far below market value. This might sound unusual as you would think most home sellers would overprice their home and while that is the case to begin with, without any buyer interest they tend to lower the price until they finally get a bite, but it is at this time that the price is so low it is actually undervalue. Using a real estate agent will help you navigate through some of the legal jargon that comes with a real estate contract and transaction. With my research and experience we can price the home correctly from the beginning to get the right buyers through the door and the right offer on the table.
Fix, repair, and update.
There are so many new communities and developments throughout Central Florida the buyers have the pick of the litter. This is why resale homeowners need to make their home stand out even more. If we are still dealing with Formica countertops, linoleum kitchens and pink or baby blue toilets and tubs, it’s time to make that change. If you want the very most profit from the sale of your home, it’s important to make repairs and updates so that you can compete with top homes in your area. Of course, you can always sell as is but you simply will not get the true value of the home.
Be prepared for lowball offers
Nobody wants a lowball offer and it can be quite insulting, since this is your home that you love and have cared for probably for many years. However, once your home is on the market it becomes a product. Any buyer will try to get the lowest possible price for your home. Try not to take it as an insult. Put your emotions away during this process and simply consider this a transactional deal. As your agent I can help you navigate negotiations, terms, timelines and of course price. We can get you the price that you want with my expert negotiating skills.
If you’re ready to find out what your Central Florida home is worth contact my office today. I’d be happy to offer a free listing presentation and provide suggestions and tips to getting the most out of your home.