Thanks to tax credits, all-time low mortgage rates and the internet, there is no shortage of helpful resources for the first-time homebuyer. Sellers may not be so lucky. After you’ve purchased your first home and are ready to sell for the first time, what’s next? These tips can help successfully put your house on the market when it’s time for the sale of your first home.
Know your place in the market. Access to real estate information online, through mobile applications and web sites means buyers are more educated than ever. To successfully market your home to these buyers, you should work with an agent who’s familiar with digital marketing tools including social media and mobile apps.
Be organized. Provide potential buyers with your history of improvements, warranties and utility bills that illustrate how you’ve maintained your home. Coming to the table with an abundance of information and being transparent about your home can set you apart from other sellers.
Sweeten the deal. Is there a feature about your home that you absolutely love, but has no place in your new home? Maybe you don’t have the space for the top-of-the-line washer and dryer set or that giant flat screen television. Consider making items like these part of your selling package to give a potential buyer further incentive.
Make sure your home has curb appeal. Showcase your home’s outdoor amenities, whether it’s a front porch, a backyard patio or a child’s play set. Work with your real estate agent to stage these areas so that buyers can visualize themselves there. Capitalize on your improved curb appeal by taking many photos to use in your online marketing.
Do a simple makeover. Clear out clutter, add a fresh coat of paint, clean floors and windows and move out furniture and other personal possessions to a storage unit. Your home must be clean, clutter-free and in show-ready condition so buyers can see themselves living there.
As you transition from a first time buyer to a first time seller, think about your home’s standout features that first caught your eye. As you put your home on the market, play up those qualities – they attracted you and will likely attract someone else!