Tips to selling your vacation home
The time has come for you to list your home in paradise. There are many reasons why someone might be ready to sell, maybe you’ve outgrown your vacation home, with grandkids and more family visiting, you’re looking for a bigger place. Health, financial situations, or you’re ready to visit more places, each seller can have a different reason to sell and a different sense of urgency, but these tips remain the same.
1. Make any necessary repairs
It’s very important to take care of that to-do list before putting your home on the market. Small repairs like touching up paint, fixing a loose cupboard door, or changing out a faucet are easy and inexpensive to take care of. What most seller’s don’t realize is that potential buyers don’t see these things as an easy fix, instead, it’s one more cost for them, on top of the price of the property. Having to do a bunch of repairs can discourage the buyer from making an offer. A good seller’s agent will do a walkthrough of the property during the listing appointment and suggest any repairs that they feel are necessary.
2. Marketing plan
When you sit down with your agent to discuss the listing of your home, ask them about their marketing plan. In this day and age, technology is heavily utilized by potential buyers, to search for their home. How does your real estate agent plan to market the property? What social media channels do they use? Ask the agent to share with you their social media channels and websites so you can take a look. Does the agent have a good following online? A professional website? Does your agent have a structured marketing plan? These are all important things to discuss when meeting with your potential listing agent.
3. House in showing condition at all times.
Small things like removing magnets from the fridge door, keep bathroom countertops clear of clutter, and making sure the kids’ toy room is cleaned up can help make showings so much better. Everyone has different tastes, and something you love might not be what a potential buyer loves. Tuck away anything that might be considered distasteful to a stranger. A clean and decluttered home shows so much better than a house filled with knick-knacks.
4. The price is right!
There are three things that you must have to sell your home – good showings, good marketing, and the right price! Work your agent to determine the price. We know that you have a connection to your home, that you have put blood, sweat, and tears into the upkeep and you’ve made so many memories living there. BUT – it’s important to emotionally remove yourself from this connection and focus on the cold hard facts. Your agent will provide you with a market analysis and help guide you to pricing the home correctly. If you overprice your home, the right buyer will never see it. And if the house is on the market for a long time, because it’s overpriced, buyers will wonder what is wrong with the property.
5. Choose a knowledgeable and professional agent to list your home.
Steps 1-4 cannot be done without the right listing agent. If you are interested in selling your home, schedule an appointment with Moskito and we can sit down and talk through the process with you. Know the difference between an exclusive and non-exclusive listing and the pros and cons of both.
Follow these 5 steps when it comes time to sell your home and list with a knowledgable and professional agency, like Moskito Real Estate.