Even when the economy is booming, selling a home can be fairly stressful. So when the real estate market, and the world, is being impacted by a global crisis, trying to sell a home can feel downright distressing.
Luckily, the market is quickly adapting to the COVID-19 crisis, so if you want to sell your home right now, you can do so using these tips.
Check Out Your Competition
Selling a home during the pandemic is certainly possible, but Kiplinger notes the market may be slightly more competitive for sellers.
Depending on your local market, there may be fewer people out searching for homes, which means that you will need to take extra steps to help your home really stand out and wow these shoppers.
To get a better feel for how your local real estate market is being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, you should check out local listings for homes that are similar to yours. For instance, you can see that hot homes in San Francisco are selling for about 15 percent over their listing price.
Definitely pay attention to what makes those homes stand out by researching pending listings—think about what trends are catching buyers’ attention and how you can apply the same ideas at your property.
Revive Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Whether the market is competitive or not, your home needs to make a good first impression on potential buyers. That’s what staging is all about: showcasing the best aspects of your home and attracting more attention from shoppers.
When you are trying to achieve this effect with your listing, it helps to start from the outside and work your way to the inside. Before you have photos taken or schedule listings, work on enhancing your home’s curb appeal.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on curb appeal either since simple and inexpensive updates often have the most impact. Maintaining lawns, replacing mailboxes, and planting flowers are just some of the ways sellers can win over home shoppers without spending a lot of money, effort, or time.
Clean & Refresh Your Home’s Interior
Dust and clutter can really stand out during virtual tours. After you are finished improving your yard, move inside and start deep cleaning and staging every single inch of your home’s interior. Start with the big stuff and get rid of any bulky furniture or excess decor. Then add items back in that will create a feeling of comfort and space.
Once you have your clutter moved out, you should thoroughly clean each room. Start at the top by wiping dust off of fans and light fixtures and then move all the way down to baseboards and floors. Now keep in mind that finding cleaners in-store can be a challenge right now.
Thankfully, you can easily mix your own safe and effective cleaners using ingredients you likely already have, including baking soda and vinegar.
Safely Showcase Your Home Online
After you’ve cleaned and staged your home inside and out, it’s time to start attracting buyers! Since buyers will begin by checking out your home online, you want to ensure that your listing stands out from others on the market.
One way you can do this is by investing in professional listing photos. An experienced real estate photographer will use all of the right lighting and angles to highlight your home’s best features, so this is one smart investment.
Hopefully, your listing will entice buyers to want to view your home, and as The National Association of Realtors explains, there are impactful ways to accomplish this online.
Video conference tours, 3D walkthroughs, and virtual open houses are a few popular options. Just make sure that whatever way you choose to show your home allows you to feel safe.
By now, you can see that selling a home during a crisis is possible, but it can also take a bit of effort. If you are up for the challenge, you can use the tips above to make things easier and have an outstanding listing.
Thanks to your hard work, you might even have multiple good offers to pick from.
Consider Selling To A Direct Home Buyer
Does all of this sound like too much of a headache to deal with right now?
That's okay, we get it. If you'd prefer a simple, more streamlined solution to selling your house, selling to a direct home buyer may be the right option for you.
At Contenza Properties, we can make you a quick cash or terms offer to buy your property.
We'll never ask you to:
Pay any realtor fees/commissions
Perform any repairs
Do any cleaning or staging
We buy houses in their as-is condition to make your life easy.
Do you want to know how much we can offer? Submit your information through one of our easy to use online forms, and we'll reach out to you to discuss your options.
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