When you put your house up on the local market, you’re absolutely hoping to see buyers falling all over themselves to have a chance to purchase your property. We’re going to increase your chances of making that happen by going over how to ensure you will get more than your asking price for your house in Austin.
Optimize the Space
Prior to doing anything else, you need to thoroughly clean and declutter your entire property.
This means doing the usual deep clean as well as removing any items you no longer need or want so that each and every room looks its absolute best. This includes storage areas that can get cramped over time and cause someone looking to purchase a home in your area to think there’s no way your house could meet their storage needs.
Moving furniture around to create better traffic flow is also a helpful way of making the entire experience better for those coming to see your home.
Get Some Help
Once your home is clean and organized, you want to find a qualified and experienced real estate professional to guide and represent you through the process of selling your home.
Agents come equipped with the local market knowledge and contacts to make selling your home a snap, and they will certainly be worth their fee when you get more than your asking price for your home.
Meet with at least three agents to get an idea of how they operate, their personalities, and ask any questions you may have. Gauge their responses to your questions and your comfortability level with each agent to help determine which agent would be best for you.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate their fees, either. The worst an agent can tell you is “no,” but even asking if they’ll reduce their take can put more money in your pocket when all is said and done.
Start at a Reasonable Place
Cleaning and organizing your home is definitely a part of the sales equation, but so is pricing your home appropriately.
Pricing too high means cutting off buyer interest, while pricing too low can make buyers suspicious that you’re trying to quickly offload the property for unsavory reasons.
This step is one of the first big ways your agent will show their expertise and worth. They will take the final sales prices of similar homes in your area that have sold over the last few years and factor in market trends to calculate the pricing sweet spot for your home.
Push the Message
After your listing has been made active on the local market, your job isn’t to sit back and do nothing.
Be proactive in getting the word out about your for-sale home by sharing the listing and photos on all of your normal social media platforms. Share the post in local groups that allow real estate posts and discussions and then ask your friends and family to share with their friends as well.
The idea here is to get as many people as possible to see your listing, which will directly result in more potential overall interest.
Pick Apart the Offers
As buyers start to flock and put in offers, do not simply accept the first one with a nice price attached to it.
You need to account for every part of an offer, which usually means detailing the contingencies to avoid accepting an offer that would actually come in lower than others.
Your agent will be a rock star at separating out offers into their important bits, and then translate all of those pieces into something that is easily understood by you.