Outside the box ways to help sell your home
Some houses stay on the market for years without generating much interest while others around them sell quickly. Other houses get a lot of viewings but it takes a lot time until someone is willing to make a bid. If this is happening to you, never fear, there are some useful tips you can use in order to improve your chances of getting a sale.
The first thing you need to do is generate interest in your property. With realtors listing hundreds and thousands of properties, you really need to do something extraordinary if you want to stand out from the rest. As we are attracted to properties visually at first, it makes sense to get some great photos taken. Often the realtor will have their own photographer who will do this and post some professional-looking photos on their website. In order to go one better, you could make use of photographic drone technology to give your photos a more professional feel. Drones are a pretty good choice when it comes to offering improved views as they can get to the angles that other photographers simply can’t. In addition to this, by including aerial photographs, prospective buyers can get a better idea of what your lad is like and how much of it there is.
Assuming that generates more viewings for you, the next thing you need to do is to make sure your house makes a good first impression. You don’t need to spend a lot of money doing this – it can sometimes be a case of giving your mail box a lick of paint. You could add a flower bed around it. Now, rather than seeing a dilapidated, rusty mailbox as they search around for your house number, they see a freshly painted box with flowers growing around it. A great first impression already.
Make sure your garden is tidy. Don’t park your car on the lawn. Keep the grass cut at a nice height. Ask yourself what impression your house gives you from the road? It may be that the door could do with a lick of paint, or you might want to put some hanging baskets around it to make it seem more welcoming.
Indoors, keep things simple and tidy. Allow as much natural light in as you can. What you have in the room shouldn’t distract the viewer from being able to assess its size, accessibility and so on. So, even if that tall ship you built of matchsticks is your pride and joy, if it’s on display, it’s only going to distract the viewers from doing what they came to do, and will therefore likely reduce your chances of a sale.
If you’re doing everything you can to increase your chances of selling, but still coming up with nothing, it might be that your agent isn’t doing enough. Do a little research on how your agent operates. 92% of sales enquiries are generated online now, so your agent should feature prominently in search engine keyword searches for properties in your area. The website should be easy to navigate and your property should be easy to view. Is it easy for a potential viewer to get in touch with the agent to arrange a viewing? Try calling the agent. If you’re asked to leave a message or are put on hold for a long time, they’re not trying hard enough to sell your home. It may be time to consider changing agents.
Alternatively, you might want to try to sell your home yourself. This obviously means work for you, but the chances are you’ll be able to convert a lead into a sale more easily in addition to getting the price you want for your property. It is estimated that, on average, agents sell houses for around 10% than what they could have gotten for them. Meaning that if they were motivated by selling at a higher price rather than simply getting a sale, the house would sell for 10% more. That’s money in your pocket, and if you can pull it off, you save any agents’ fees or commission, too!
You can’t fight the market when it comes to selling, so sometimes the only thing to do is to remain patient. If the market is particularly bad, consider taking your house off it and focusing on something else until the market recovers.