Selling a home is pretty much the same thing everywhere, right?
Well, no, not exactly. Some aspects remain the same no matter what. Others, however, are location- and local-market-dependent.
That’s why we’re going to start off here with the basic, general home-selling tips and then move on to tips for selling a home in Meridian, Idaho, specifically.
Let’s get started, then . . .
Basic Home-Selling Tips
If you’ve done even a cursory search online, you know that there are a bunch of sites offering tips for selling a home. The lists of tips you find are all pretty similar, but they’re still good general home-selling tips. Below is our pick of the best, most important tips . . .
Price to Sell
“One of the most effective ways to sell your home fast is to price it competitively. If you price it too high, then your home will spend more time on the market. Also, if your home is overpriced, then you may end up selling it for less eventually – it will just take a lot longer.”
The best way to arrive at an accurate estimation of fair market value, which will allow you to price competitively to sell, is by means of a comparative market analysis (CMA). Using a CMA, you’ll know what buyers are actually willing to pay for a home like yours. For you “run the comps” – that is, examine the prices of a number of homes very much like yours that have recently sold in the neighborhood and immediate area.
The difficulty, though, lies in the fact that no two homes are ever exactly alike. To find out more about this, contact an experienced Meridian agent.
Declutter, Deep Clean, and Depersonalize
In order to sell quickly and at the best price possible, your home has to look its best. Typically, that means first getting jettisoning all the clutter and accumulated junk and then thoroughly deep cleaning from top to bottom. Renting a storage unit put some of your stuff in is also a good idea.
But you still need to do more. And that “more” is depersonalizing – removing everything that marks the house as your home, things such as family photos, idiosyncratic artwork, and weird colors. Your goal should be to create a blank palette so that potential buyers will be able to envision your house as their own home and imagine themselves living there with all their belongings in place.
Concentrate on Curb Appeal
First impressions are immensely immediate, and you never get a second chance to create a great first impression. So make that what buyers first see when they pull up to your home looks attractive and appealing. So concentrate on curb appeal.
“If you want to sell quickly, then it’s essential to make a good first impression. And the first thing a buyer sees is a home’s exterior and how it fits into the surrounding neighborhood. . . . Keep in mind that a tidy exterior not only looks nice but also signals to potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of the place.”
The problem, though, is that sellers, understandably, often make the mistake of concentrating mostly or entirely on the interior of their home and neglect the outside. Don’t fall into this trap: concentrate on curb appeal first.
Make Basic, Necessary Repairs
You don’t want to go all-out and remodel your kitchen, but you need to make all the smaller, necessary repairs, especially those that promise a good ROI. “Depending on how much time and money you want to spend getting the home ready, you might also want to update fixtures, buy new appliances, install new hardware on the cabinets, and give the interior a fresh coat of (neutral) paint.”
Sweeten the Pot
When you have a buyer lined up, it’s usually a smart move to sweeten the pot in some way so that buying your becomes nearly irresistible. “Another way to make the home and deal more attractive is to offer something to sweeten the pot. You could offer, for example, to pay some or all of the closing costs [or offer a transferable home warranty]. Buyers are looking for a deal, particularly in a down market, so do your best to make them feel that they get one.”
Meridian Home-Selling Tips
Now that we’ve covered some general home-selling tips, let’s look at a few important tips for Meridian home sellers in particular . . .
Sell at the Right Time
In most markets, the best time to sell and list a home is usually late spring to summer. But the best time to sell in Meridian is a bit different.
Available data suggests that the best month to sell your in Meridian is November. It usually takes about three months to sell and close on a home, so that means you should list your home in August in order to sell in November. If you list in August and sell in November, “you could sell your house for 6.79% more than the yearly average.”
The image below illustrates the percent below/above average in sale price for each month.
If speed is important and you want or need to sell your Meridian home fast, the best month to sell/close would be May. And that means, assuming the typical three-month selling period, the best time to list your home would be February. By doing so, “you could sell your house [seven] days sooner than if you listed in any other month.”
The following image show days on the market above/below average for each month.
Don’t Do These Things
We’d be remiss if we didn’t also include among our Meridian home-selling tips things you shouldn’t do. For example, don’t:
- Neglect to put out a for-sale sign. (It still works.)
- Forget to put flyers in the box
- Be present during showings
- Leave your dog(s) in the house during showings.
- Put your thermostat on an uncomfortable setting, too low or too high for the season
- Fail to respond to offers promptly
The Most Important of Our Meridian Home-Selling Tips
A great local agent can make all the difference. With a great agent in your corner, your chances of selling faster and at a better price are vastly increased.
But the difficult part is finding that great agent who is the best fit for your and your home-selling needs.. There are more than 2,000,000 active agents in the US. And not all of them possess the same experience, expertise, and willingness to go the extra mile.
Why not make it easier by working with a top Meridian, Idaho, agency – a real estate agency with experienced agents known for local-market expertise, top negotiating skills, and outstanding sales track records?