5 Tips Sellers Can’t Afford to Ignore

Krystle Atkins

Getting Started

Whether you are selling your home for the first time or the third time, there comes a time for every Seller to revisit what it take to get your home sold in a weekend.

After all there are a lot of things that need to be done: cleaning, decluttering, staging, paperwork and pictures. Not to mention all the things your Realtor will need to do in order to ensure your listing is ready to go live on time. Things like opening title, pulling county records and double checking data, creating video and ordering flyers, sign posts and handouts.

It can feel overwhelming!

In this article, we’re going to walk you through the 5 Proven Tips that will help take you from ‘I need to sell my house’ to ‘SOLD in a weekend.’

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1 – Start with Cleaning & Decluttering

Even in a Seller driven market, homes sit on market longer than they should and sell for less than they could have, had the seller taken the time to clean and declutter prior to listing. As much as you want to believe Buyers will buy anything they truth is many Buyer will pass up on a home because they can't see past the Sellers stuff. Now we are not saying you need to get down on your hands and knee and scrub the baseboards (all though it wouldn't hurt) but there are a few key things you can do to help improve the Buyers showings experience.

  • Pack up anything you don't use regularly. Things like toys the kids have played with in months, old coats you haven't worn, closets full of boardgames etc.
  • Remove family photos and think like an AirBnB. I often suggest that my Seller take a look at an Air BnB Plus ad to get ideas on how they can stage their home.
  • Clean. If you have carpets consider getting them professionally cleaned, touch up the paint or add a fresh coat if it looks like it could use it.

2 – Work on your curb appeal

Next head outside to work on your curb appeal. Take a look at your home and ask yourself, if I were going to purchase a home and walked by this house would I be excited enough to call the Realtor on the sign and request a showing?

Now you don't need to landscape your whole yard but things like mowing the lawn and weed whacking the edges can go a long way. Clean up the kids toys and plant a few inexpensive flowers in the flower beds. Maybe you have a nice patio chair you can put out on the porch with a small table and a wine glass with book to help the Buyer envision themselves sitting on this porch, drinking wine while reading their favorite book.

We are setting the tone and experience even before they open the door.

3 – Call a Realtor

Now that your home is clean, decluttered and has some curb appeal, call your Realtor to start looking at comparable properties and start the process of filling our your listing paperwork.

It can take a few weeks to get everything ready to list so the more time you can give your Realtor the better. While you're filling our paperwork your Realtor will be getting photos scheduled, calling a staging company to come in and stage things (if needed) opening title and getting flyers and handouts ready for printing once your phots are back.

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4 – Purchase Price Matters

If you want your home to sell in a weekend you have to choose the right purchase price. Believe me, I know you want the most for your home. I've personally bought and sold my own homes and even as a Realtor I understand how emotions can play a factor in your decision.

But I can promise you with ABSOLUTE certainty that the market will dictate your price in the end.

If you list too high thinking, well lets see if we can get it and than we can always come down, you will lose money. Seller's who choose this route always end up getting less for their home had they choose the right price the first time.

The better approach, and the one I most recommend, is to price your home a little under where it should be. I see this time and time again with my own listing and these homes often sell in a weekend and usually bring in multiple offers.

F.O.M - Fear of Missing Out! This is what happens when you home is clean, decluttered, has that curb appeal, with professional photos AND is priced competitively.

If you want to get the most money for your home, THAT is how you do it.

5 – Be Ready to Show

Alright your did it! Your home is decluttered, clean, has curb appeal and you've got everything done with your Realtor and you are now ready to SHOW!

Now COVID-19 has thrown us all for a loop so here are the things I recommend my Sellers do before leaving the house for a showing.

  • Leave the anti bacterial wipes, masks and hand sanitizer basket I provided right by the front door.
  • Turn on all the lights
  • Open all the doors
  • If weather permits, open a window to allow fresh air to come in
  • Remove, hide or lock up all valuables like jewelry, laptops, cameras etc.

The Final Last Tidbits for Selling Your Home.

Work with someone you trust to give you honest feedback. Buying or Selling a home is one of the most stressful thing you will do in your lifetime. Next to, getting married or divorced and losing a loved one. Be sure you're working with people who have your best interests in mind.

About the Author

Krystle Atkins is a local Spokane/Coeur D'Alene Realtor. Krystle began her real estate career in 2017, in one of the counties most competitive real estate markets Seattle, WA, after leaving a career in Project Manager and quickly became a Top Producing Broker in 2019 & 2020 working with her husband Mike Atkins. Some of her hobbies include writing, gardening and tending to her Bee hives. When she is not selling real estate you can often find her on the road in her recently convert school bus seeking lifes next great adventure.