As the saying goes, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” The saying is truer when it comes to selling your home than skinning cats since we don’t advocate doing that. Home buyers in Houston have different needs; preparing your sales strategy accordingly helps increase home showings and makes for faster sales. Here are 4 ways to attract interested home buyers in Houston.
4 Ways To Attract Home Buyers in Houston
1. Declutter Inside and Out
This can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if your family’s things have been accumulating for years.
If you are selling, it means you are moving. This is the perfect opportunity to start getting rid of what you’re going to toss out or donate anyways. Rent a storage unit if your garage isn’t large enough, and store the items you don’t need for the next few months there. Clutter makes a home seem smaller and isn’t attractive to buyers.
With counters, bookshelves, and floors cleared, thoroughly clean the home by sweeping, mopping, and disinfecting everything you can. After this, your home no longer seems small due to clutter and has that open flow that potential buyers want.
2. Make Necessary Repairs
If you know something needs to be fixed, fix it. Buyers will eventually find out about non-working appliances, leaky roofs, and plumbing issues.
You are required by law to disclose any problem you’re aware of. If you are not aware of the problem, the home inspector will surely discover it. Buyers will request repairs or credits – so you will pay for it one way or another.
It’s much easier to disclose repairs, maintenance, and upgrades while people are looking. It keeps the escrow process from lengthy repair requests, and gives potential buyers the confidence to know you were a responsible homeowner who has taken care of the property.
3. Stage the Property
Real estate agents get protests about staging from clients every day. Unless they have a multi-million dollar home, most clients think staging is unnecessary.
Staging doesn’t always mean moving out everything you own and renting new furnishings. It can simply mean working with a skilled eye to rearrange existing furniture, remove odd family photos, heirlooms, and art.
Decluttering was only the first step – now you need to make the home look like a place that everyone sees themselves living in. This increases the amount of people who will make an offer on the home.
4. Set a Market Price Just Under Expected Fair Market Value
This might seem counterintuitive: set a lower price than what the market says you can get for your house.
When potential buyers are looking at homes, they are looking for a specific size, location, condition, and price. When the first three qualifiers are equal, then the price becomes the primary sorting factor. In markets where there are a lot of buyers looking for homes, a lower price attracts more people.
A good agent holds open houses where droves of people “ooh and ahh” over your home because it is clean, clutter-free, and staged. These homes often get multiple offers, giving the seller the ability to bid up the offers to what would be the fair market price, often higher than what you would have listed for if you didn’t list it at a lower than normal price.
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