Homebuyers are more informed than ever before. While this is certainly a good thing, it also means sellers need to be more prepared. These tips will make listing a home for the first time a bit less intimidating and help you avoid common pitfalls.
1. Price Your Home Right from the Beginning
A common mistake sellers make is pricing their home too high and assuming they can bring the price down later or haggle with potential buyers. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Any good Irvine real estate agent will tell you that your home will get the most interest and showings during the first couple of weeks. After that, attention will wane and your listing will seem stale to buyers. If you lower the price later, buyers may assume there is something wrong with the home and you will end up chasing the market. A winning strategy is getting the price right from the start.
2. Get Your Home in Move-In Condition
Most buyers–especially first-time buyers–want a home in move-in condition. Be prepared to spend some money getting your current home in tip-top shape. Fix or replace leaky fixtures, old flooring, ripped window screens, and other issues that will be red flags to buyers.
3. Make Plans for New Living Arrangements
Understand that the clock begins ticking once you accept an offer. Don’t underestimate how much time you will have to move out. Set up a plan for living arrangements once the home sells. Don’t list your Irvine home for sale until you’re ready to move.
4. Market Your Home Effectively
Your real estate agent will help you create an effective marketing strategy for your home that considers your target market, local market conditions, and what buyers want. Plenty of professional photos included in your online listings can go a long way toward capturing the interest of potential buyers.
Ready to list your home for sale? Reach out to Irvine Residential Listing and find the right agent for you and your property. You can also check out our inventory of townhomes, condos, and houses for sale in Irvine if you’re still searching for your next dream home. Call us today at (714) 454-6304 and schedule an appointment!