Selling Tips

Tips For A Successful Sale

When selling your home or commercial location, there are a few essential elements that shouldn’t be ignored. Believe it or not, a few simple repairs can help create a smooth sale. First, check all plumbing fixtures around the house; even a small leak can cause damage or have a negative effect on an inspection. Make sure all your light fixtures come on, this could be as simple as putting in a new bulb. Next, ensure the roof looks to be in great condition. Replace damaged or missing shingles and add a new coat of paint in the case of a metal roof. Make sure all doors and windows are working properly,  and replace any broken elements and old hardware.

Happy couple choosing colors for painting house, concept of decoIf you’re serious about selling, creating a neutral environment inside and out is very important. Many buyers have a general sense of how they would like their new place to look and how the things they already own will look in the house. Painting the walls neutral colors and packing up personal photos and lingering items can increase the range of possibilities for the house. Keeping a clean, open atmosphere is key when it comes to overall presentation.

Hiring a professional to clean and service all heating and vent systems, as well as chimneys, and installing smoke/Carbon Monoxide detectors to Federal code, will prepare the next homeowner for a functional, safe and sound environment and ensure you avoid any hang-ups to the selling process.

What’s Outside Matters!

Not only is it imperative for the interior of your home be up-to-par, the exterior can be just as crucial. It is the first thing a potential buyer will see when they view your home, so focusing on curb appeal is critical. We’ve compiled a list of basic maintenance that can make-or-break a sale:

  1. Gutters & downspouts

  2. Roofs

  3. Maintain laundry area

  4. Vegetation around the home

  5. Proper perimeter foundation drains & gutter system

  6. Cracks in Foundation

  7. Have an energy audit performed

  8. Sump pumps

  9. Cleaning and painting siding, trim, and deck 

  10. Private septic system pumped and inspected

    Young builder worker at facade plastering work during industrial

Having the outside prepped and cleaned is very wise. Painting touch-ups, cleaning rain gutters, washing windows, replacing any rotten wood, and landscaping the yard are all points to consider. If you’re not an outdoor person, spending a few hundred dollars to boost curb appeal can help in a multitude of ways.

Why Work With A Realtor?

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you can attempt to sell yourself, of course! Just be aware the statistics are much more in your favor by hiring a licensed professional; last year the typical FSBO home sold for $260,000 compared to $318,000 for agent-assisted home sales. A savvy Realtor will utilize their many resources and work quickly to advertise to the widest variety of interested parties in their network, both online and in the physical plain, thus relieving you of the responsibility and difficulty of finding an honest buyer, while prepping your big move.

As a result of the pandemic, last year 97 percent of buyers searched for their home online.  A good online marketing campaign is top priority! A seasoned agency is heavily active on social media to reach out to the local community and the entirety of the U.S. looking to invest in the beautiful state like Vermont.

Although it may seem cheaper to sell your home yourself, an experienced agent earns their pay. Real estate agents are experts not only in the escrow process, but in knowing market value of property, understanding which repairs & staging techniques are most desirable to the homebuying community, consulting with lenders and closing attorneys to achieve the best outcome, and utilizing advertising techniques to reach the widest audience. Thru their many marketing avenues and paid publications utilized on a daily basis, they are able to advertise to the widest community of buyers, negotiate on your behalf, thus garnering the best offers possible!

The current seller’s market is flying fast in Vermont, with the average time on the market decreasing every day! The ability to work remotely has provided so many working-class people the ability to move to areas where they desire to live, rather than being confined to areas surrounding a physical office atmosphere. The option is now available to move to toward a more affordable, healthy lifestyle.

 Contact us today to find out how to reach these buyers!

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