Consider these strategies from HGTV when putting your elderly parent’s home on the market to get the best sell price.
Tips to Selling Your House for the Most Money
1. Price it Right to Begin With.
How many houses have you driven by with a “Reduced” sign slapped over the For Sale Sign. The best approach is to start out with the right price – a price 5% to 10% less than what your house is valued, which attracts hordes of buyers. A bidding war will ensues, driving the price over what it’s worth, which means more money in your parent’s pocket. It’s a risk all too many sellers aren’t willing to take, but right now, it’s your best strategy.
2. Create the Illusion of Storage Space.
We all want more space because no matter how many times we declutter and throw things away, we end up with more ‘stuff’. Buyers look for big closets, expansive attics and more cabinet space. To create the appearance of more space, pack away half the items in closes, shelves and cabinets, and then tidy the remaining contents.
3. Stage to Impress.
Rearrange furniture to make the rooms look larger, pack away personal affects, add fresh flowers and candles, repaint walls in a neutral color, etc. And it’s important to have the staging complete just before you list online, where 90% of buyers look first, according to Realtor.com.
4. Let there Be Light.
Buyers want lots of light – natural or otherwise. It makes a room seem more open and airy. Make sure all the light bulbs throughout your house are working, dust lamp shades – replace them if they’re dense and dark. Remove curtains, wash windows and keep window blinds open. If you have trees or shrubs obstructing windows, trim them back.
5. Find the Right Agent.
You want someone experienced, especially experienced in your particular neighborhood. Select an agent that uses all the social media and technical tools of the trade to help get the most exposure for your parent’s house. Your Next Move specializes in senior relocation and transition and matches you with two Realtors in your area who will provide you with a price opinion on your help, then review the price options with you to help you select the agent who best suits your needs.
Your Next Move can help you locate the perfect senior housing for your aging loved one. Our team of relocation specialists are also with you through every step of the transition process including home sale, downsizing, estate sales and moving household goods.
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Julie Kopetsky, President