Top 9 Stress Reducing Tips for Sellers
Finish Your Honey Do List:
Most of us have a handful of little home fixes that we know need to be done, but we tend to put them off. Why? Because we don’t wanna do it… but now’s the time!Tackle that trim that’s coming off the wall, snake the shower drain and touch up the scuffs on the walls. Prioritizing fixes early on will give you the freedom to focus on showings once your home hits the market.
Take on Termites:
Rather than waiting for escrow, consider getting a termite inspection prior to listing. The benefits of doing it early are two-fold. First, if you find out critters are gnawing away at your property, you can exterminate now and get an all clear when you get to escrow. Second, buyers who see that your home is termite free will be more confident putting in an offer.
Reduce the Ringing:
When your phone is ringing off the hook and you’re simultaneously trying to manage calls from your mother in law, teenage son and buyers looking to schedule showings, it can drive you a little nuts. To simplify things, set up a dedicated phone number through Google Voice and route all real estate calls through that line.
As an added bonus, you can add your Google Voice number to your listing to keep your home or cell number private. You can also use your voicemail greeting to inform buyers of the status of your home and let them know how soon you’ll be able to return their call.
Buy a Lockbox to Give Buyer’s Agents Access:
If you put a lockbox on your door, buyer agents will be able to show your house to their clients even when you’re not home. With a lockbox, you won’t have to leave work or rearrange your schedule to accommodate a showing.
Set Up a Specific Showing Schedule:
Simplify scheduling by deciding on a set window of time buyers can come look at your place and add it to your listing description. This semi-open house approach will give buyers ample opportunity to see your home and will make planning your days easier.
Prepare Yourself on Price:
When you set your price, be sure to determine your lowest possible offer – which is to say the lowest offer you’d be willing to accept before you reach deal breaker territory. Having that number in mind before offers start coming in will make the negotiation process a lot easier and will speed up the process of moving into escrow.
Prep Your Home:
It can be stressful to feel like you need to clean the house prior to every showing. To mitigate this challenge, rent a storage unit for the things you don’t need on a daily basis. It’s also good practice to stage your space by rearranging furniture and minimizing decor. Combining staging with the decluttering you’ve already done will help buyers visualize themselves in your home, making your showings relaxed and productive.
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Follow these tips to reduce stress, and your selling process will be smooth!
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