You may be surprised to learn that, although the economy has taken a hit recently, sales of existing homes have increased this summer.
In fact they increased 21% in June and 25% in July, according to the National Association of Realtors. With one of the biggest jumps in home sales since 1968 and low interest rates driving buyers into the market, selling now is a golden opportunity.
Additionally, as many people work remotely, out-of-state workers have been moving to Arizona to buy more house for their money. All of that means the Phoenix area has more interested buyers than homes for sale, so anything available is being snatched up.
Of course, preparing to sell your home can be a major undertaking, so save yourself from unnecessary stress with these three tips:
Hire a realtor
This is one of the best ways to streamline the process of selling your house. Good realtors will help you get the best price on a timeline that works for you. They are experts on the legalities of the housing market, keep up with trends, and can list your home, so it has a wide reach.
Here are a few advantages the best realtors offer:
· Multiple Listing Service listing
· Professional photos
· Yard sign
· Lock box
· Home value report
· Showing scheduling and feedback system
· Contract negotiation
· Transaction management
· Phone and email support
· Coordination of closing
Increase curb appeal
Potential buyers will judge your house from the moment they lay eyes on it, so do what you can to encourage a positive judgment.
“First impressions matter,” according to DIY Network. “Enhance your front yard so people will stop and stare after the first glance.”
You could paint siding or trim, replace the front door, add path lights, or plant a few colorful flowers to making your home look beautiful from the start.
“Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look in which you can take pride in,” DIY Network says. “When deciding on which upgrades to make to your house, consider what your house currently looks like and what will look best with it.”
Upgrade the inside
Other than repairing anything broken, you can make your home more appealing with upgrades. Focus on what will increase the value of your house — kitchen and bathroom improvements.
Additionally, you can do small things, like re-caulking bathrooms, spackling and touching up wall dings, and ensuring light bulbs work and there are no bare sockets. If you’re unsure, a realtor can help you figure out which major and minor projects are worth your time and money, and which ones you can skip.
Finally, it’s essential to deep clean, including decluttering, dusting, scrubbing, vacuuming, and mopping everywhere. No matter how great your house is, buyers may not be able to see past a mess or, worse, an unusual smell.
No matter whether you’re just getting started or are ready to list, AZ Flat Fee can help.
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