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.
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