If you've ever thought about selling your home, now's the time. It's never been a better market for sellers. I went to Showcase Realty to find out more.
Well, now is a great time to sell a home. Here to tell us more about it, is Nancy Braun with Showcase Realty.
Nancy, first off, explain the state of the market right now. What's it like out there?
The market is so spectacular. It is really a seller's market. There are more buyers than there are homes to pick from.
So, we have actually only up two and a half months inventory supply in a true- even market, there would be a six-month inventory supply.
So Nancy, you have some tips to get the most out of your home sale. What are they?
Well, one of the things that people overlook is landscaping and they think they focus so much on the interior of the house and they don't realize that a lot can go a long way if you just, you know, prune and put some mulch down and put some beautiful flowers out, pull some weeds and- and actually add some beautiful dynamics and color to your front scape.
So, I can tell when I'm driving up to a house if the buyer is gonna be interested just by their breath, how they respond to the house. And they almost make that decision before they even get in the house.
So the curb appeal which is so overlooked sometimes can really be damaging.
It's simple, you know, go and get some new pine needles or get some new landscaping flowers. Red and yellow is Feng Shui. It's supposed to sell houses. So, put away your purples and the pink, you know, the pastels and do the red and yellow.
Colleen: Next up, you say declutter.
Nancy: Declutter. Yes, so. It is so critical that you try to make the home in the way a buyer will envision their things in the home.
So if there's too much in the home then they can't see beyond it. A lot of people don't have vision as much as we think they do.
I have clients that also say to me, “Well, you know, I don't want to paint. I don't know what color they want. Maybe they'll just paint themselves. They can replace the carpet themselves.”
They don't envision that property to look the way it should look.
So, a little can go a long way. I don't want anyone to really spend a lot of money renovating the home, rehabbing the kitchen. They're never gonna get a 100% back. If not, even more back.
But the smaller things like paint, declutter, make sure that there's a traffic pattern. They can walk through rooms very easily without having to walk around things.
And I always say, less is more.
So, after I leave I say, “You know, if you're at a point where you're not sure what to do with that particular piece of furniture, less is more.”
Colleen: Good advice.
Nancy: Just remember, less is more.
Colleen: Also, keep it clean like squeaky clean pristine, right?
Nancy: It is incredible but we get used to, even myself, you get used to the little cobwebs up in the ceiling. And you don't realize that there's a little dust on your fans and your ceiling fan. And the filters need to be changed. Those things actually get noticed.
So you're a seller, you're”¦ the buyers that come into that home, they think if you can't maintain the home, then you're not maintaining it in other ways like maintaining your furnace or maintaining your plumbing.
And it's just a visual sense. If they feel like it's squeaky clean like you say, they're gonna like the house more. They're gonna feel more comfortable in the house.
And so get that professional cleaner in there over and beyond yourself. And if you're tight on money, just you do the elbow grease and just make sure you're cleaning.
One thing that I always think is kind of funny is people always open things. People are touchy-feely. They want that connection, right?
So they go in the kitchen, they always open the microwave. Well, if you've got a dirty microwave - not that you're gonna find anything different in one person's microwave versus another person's microwave but it's like arm distance, so they open it.
Nancy: So it's like, you know, go ahead and, you know, straighten out the cans in your cupboard.
Clean out the refrigerator because you don't know what they're gonna open and that just goes a long way.
Colleen: Great advice. Nancy, thank you so much. Thank you for your time.
Nancy: You're welcome. Thank you for having me.
So if you're interested in selling your home or looking for home to buy, visit ShowcaseRealty.net, ShowcaseRealty.net.
Or better yet, call Nancy at Showcase Realty. The number's 704-997-3794. Again, 704-997-3794.
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Again the number's 704-997-3794.