Selling your Ft. Lauderdale home and expecting it to get a buyer fast can be a challenge, regardless if you decided to hire an agent or to market it yourself. If you’re considering taking the DIY approach to finding a new owner for your home, not only do you skip having to pay a fee, you also give your buyers a more direct and personal approach. For many people looking for a new house, actually speaking to the owner and finding out more about the property based on first-hand experience is valuable.
In short, having an agent is not necessary to sell a home in Fort Lauderdale. Here are some tips to help you do it fast before your listing turns stale.
- Make your home attractive and sellable.
Before putting your home and its photos out in the market, make sure that it will turn heads and stand out from the rest. A good place to start for ideas is by looking at home magazines and getting in touch with an interior decorator to make it more appealing to prospect buyers. Get rid of your personal items and anything else that might be seen as clutter. If you have shed, storage your extra stuff there or consider renting an external storage unit to house your things for the meantime.
You can also effect minor renovations to your home to highlight its strengths. Change those curtains, give you walls a fresh and lighter wallpaper design or coat of paint. Open those windows and invite more natural light in. Change that sink and update your cabinetry. These things can easily transform how your space looks without burning a hole on your savings.
- Take great photos and write a description.
Your will be competing with dozens if not hundreds of homes for sale in Ft. Lauderdale and the first thing that people will look at are your photos. Thus, you will need outstanding snapshots of your space. Fortunately, you don’t really need to hire a pro photographer to get this done. Most smartphones nowadays have beautiful camera features that will help you obtain professional-looking stills of your home. Having a floor plan also makes it easier for would-be buyers to make a decision because it helps them picture out how they can navigate your space.
Each photo should be accompanied by a description, but be sure to keep it brief. There’s no need for flowery words. Just a simple guide on what the room is and its key features will suffice.
- Set your price and put it in the market.
A realistic asking rate will help you make a sale faster. Real estate agents will be approaching you to give advice on your valuation, but you have no intention of hiring them, it’s better to just figure it out yourself (unless they are willing to give you the information with no strings attached. There are plenty of tools online that will help determine your home’s price based on your postcode and home’s features. You can also check out the pricing of our homes similar to yours so you get a general idea of the going rate.
- Accept an offer in writing and hire a solicitor.
Once you have agreed on a buyer’s offer, making it official by putting it in writing immediately. Ask for a proof of identification or any bank or mortgage statements as proof of financial capacity. Encourage your buyer to arrange his or her mortgage within days to show that they are serious. You will need to hire a solicitor to handle all the paper work and legal issues related to your property’s sale.
- Handle renegotiations yourself.
Even with an offer and as the payment process is under way, your buyer might try to negotiate a lower price by pointing out issues that may not have surfaced during the valuation stage. Find out if the issue does exist and adjust accordingly, if truly necessary. But don’t back down and reduce the price just because your buyer is harping on about repairs here and there.
If you’re still unsure about selling your home, you can count on companies like MBBW Property Investments to help you get a good valuation for your home and apply the necessary renovations. We buy houses in Ft. Lauderdale and jazz it up ourselves so you don’t have to go through all the trouble. Give us a call and let us know how we can help.