Something to Think About When Selling Your Home

cropped-cropped-img_3917_thumb.jpgThinking of Selling?  Here is something to think about when selling your home.

Price it right so that it does not become stale and overlooked by potential home buyers.  You don’t want to be the seller that does not appear not to be serious about selling or unwilling to negotiate.  You need to consider a variety of factors in determining listing prices.  For example, “Are we in a seller’s market?” (the number of competing homes available on the market is low), the quality, condition, etc.

Short lived items like a new roof and air-conditioned unit can make an older home more competitive with a new home.  If you do have older short lived items, you could also include a home warranty.  These are relatively cheap.

Updated kitchens and (master) bathrooms can make a huge difference in selling your home.  Most prospective buyers don’t have the vision or the money to update these areas, but are willing to pay for it in the home price, or at the very least help sell your home faster.

Declutter and clean your home to keep your home Spartan.  Unless your home is high priced home, I would not suggest staging your home.  I would even say that a pleasant smell will go a long way to leaving a favorable impression on a potential purchaser.  This is one of the easiest ways to attract buyers at a low price to the property owner.  Most Realtors will even suggest to depersonalize your home so that the potential buyer can envision their personal items in your home.

Create your home’s curb appeal to entice potential home buyers to want to view your home.  Good photos can create a further desire to visit your home.

Make your home accessible to potential buyers.  Use the internet to your advantage and market your property to widest number of prospective home buyers.  Removing pets (with a goal that a prospective home buyer does not know that pet lives there) can allow a broader range of potential home buyers.  The more views (aka showings) equal more potential offers and promotes competition.  This is one of the most important objectives that a Realtor can help you with.

School districts can make or break the perfect home sale regardless of all its merits that a prospective home buyer likes.  Most parents place a lot of weight on public schools.  Since school districts change, school web sites should be provided to potential buyers.

In summary, both the pricing and marketing are two of the most important services that a realtor can bring to the table.  I have seen property owners too many times sell their home too low and take too long to get the market price that they deserve due to poor pricing and marketing.  Let’s face it…It takes a team (the property owner and Realtor) to sell your home at a market value.

Thinking of buying or selling real estate?

KW1784102f20KW_thumb.jpgYou should consider using a realtor.  If you are interested in buying real estate (new home, existing home, or commercial property), please contact me (Alan Lane with Keller Williams Realty at 2119 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, Florida  33511).  As a life long resident of Central Florida, I can help you find the right property for you whether it is in Lakeland or as far south as Sarasota.  The Keller Williams offices of  ”Suburban Tampa” include the offices in Brandon, Plant City, Fishhawk Ranch, and our newest office in Valrico.  My email address is, or call me at 813.205.9280.  If you are just starting your search, you can search the MLS for real estate opportunities on my website at this link.


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