Put Your Best Foot Forward When Selling Your Home

Although your real estate agent will do the lion’s share of the work involved in selling your home, there are several things you, the homeowner, can do to help move things along.

By making sure your home is always ready to be shown at a moments notice to prospective buyers, you will be helping to “tip the scales” in the direction of a faster sale. Since making a great first impression is crucial to the sales process, it’s important that your home always looks its best — both inside and out. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you decide to put your home on the market.

Order versus chaos: Every time your real estate agent sets up a showing of your house, it’s an opportunity to attract and engage potential buyers. When your house and property look organized, clean, and well cared for, it sends a series of positive messages to prospects.

Admittedly, it can be a little bit of a hassle to keep your house looking (and smelling) immaculate all the time, but doing so can definitely work in your favor when it comes to making a great impression and getting your house sold faster.

To the extent that it’s possible, try to eliminate or significantly reduce anything that could be described as “clutter.” Clutter can include anything from excessive furniture and wall hangings to knick-knacks on your shelves and too many containers on kitchen countertops.

The ultimate effect you want to achieve is one of spaciousness, tastefulness, and organization. Anything which detracts from those desirable qualities could potentially work against you. As the classic 1980s TV commercial for a well-known dandruff shampoo reminds us: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression!”

Remember curb appeal: Actually the real first impression happens before prospective buyers even enter your home or step on your property. In many cases, it occurs before they even get out of their cars!

Making sure your house and property look as impeccable as possible from the street can help attract potential buyers and put them in a more receptive state of mind. Maintaining a manicured, clutter-free lawn, highlighted by a few splashes of floral color, can be an effective way to create eye-appeal and make a positive first impression.

One thing home sellers are either unaware of or forget about is the fact that prospective buyers sometimes do a preliminary “drive by” before picking up the phone and calling your (or their) real estate agent to schedule a showing. If they do not like what they see from their car, they probably are not going to take the next step and arrange a full tour of your home.

When you come to the realization that every person who drives by or visits your home is a potential buyer, you’ll be more motivated to take care of the many details that either attract of send away prospective buyers.

Tips for Countering a Homebuyer’s Offer

Selling your home can be stressful, particularly when the time arrives to negotiate with a homebuyer.

You’ll want to ensure that both you and a homebuyer can find common ground during a negotiation. By doing so, both parties will be satisfied with the end results.

In some instances, however, a homebuyer may submit an offer for your residence that fails to meet your expectations. If this happens, you may need to submit a counterproposal to ensure you’re able to agree to home selling terms that fulfill your needs.

Submitting a counteroffer can be tricky, particularly for a home seller who is looking to complete a home sale as quickly as possible. Fortunately, we’re here to help you take the guesswork out of countering a homebuyer’s offer.

Here are three tips to help you streamline the process of submitting a counterproposal to a homebuyer.

1. Consider Both Parties’ Perspectives

Ultimately, a home selling agreement should meet the needs of a homebuyer and a home seller. As such, you’ll want to consider both parties’ perspectives before you submit a counterproposal and ensure that your counteroffer is fair to everyone involved.

Does a home selling agreement ensure that you will receive fair value for your home? And does this pact guarantee a homebuyer will receive fair value from his or her purchase as well? Consider both sides of a home selling agreement, and by doing so, you’ll be better equipped to agree to terms that work well for both you and a homebuyer.

2. Try Not to Get Emotional

If you feel like a homebuyer submits an offer that is below your initial expectations, try not to get emotional. Instead, take a step back from the home selling process and consider all of your options before you proceed.

For home sellers, it often is easy to let stress and anxiety get the best of you, particularly during high-pressure negotiations with a homebuyer. Conversely, if you take a deep breath and review all of your options after you receive a homebuyer’s offer, you can avoid making any rash decisions.

Remember, a homebuyer’s first offer may not be his or her best offer for your residence. And if you submit a counterproposal, you can show a homebuyer that you are willing to work with him or her to reach a fair agreement.

3. Get Advice from Your Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent can guide you along the home selling journey and will help you determine if you should accept, decline or counter a homebuyer’s proposal. This professional also serves as a liaison between you and a homebuyer, which means your real estate agent can share your concerns about a homebuyer’s offer directly with this individual.

With a trusted real estate agent at your disposal, you should have no trouble reviewing a home offer and submitting a counterproposal if necessary. In addition, your real estate agent is happy to provide tips and suggestions throughout the home selling process, ensuring you can maximize the value of your residence.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can move one step closer to selling your home.