Here are some exceptional tips for selling your Austin TX area home, courtesy of Capitol Home Team. Whether you are ready to sell now or are just thinking about it, here are a few important things to remember before you go too far in the process.
PART I of II
The most important parts of selling your Austin home:
Marketing: Is my home being seen by enough potential buyers? Do buyers like what they see? How do I know? Which brings us to ...
Pictures: These are so important, they get their own paragraph. Do the pictures used to market your house present it in the best possible light? Think about it: Most potential buyers will see your home first online. At that moment, the photos will either help get the home on the short list, or help the potential buyer eliminate your house before they even look at any other details. Statistics show that virtual tours are virtually ignored by most buyers — they don't have the time or patience to sit through them. But they will look at pictures until they see one that makes them move on.
No clutter: The more stuff you have, the less your home is worth. A lot of buyers see clutter and immediately remove the home from consideration on their mental list: "Too small for our needs."
Condition: Do small and large repairs before listing. On the major repairs (electrical, plumbing, roofing, A/C, etc.), don't skimp and don't do it yourself. You will lose what money you thought you were saving after the inspection when buyers (or their lenders) require work to be redone by a licensed contractor. Don't be stubborn and think you can get away with it. You cannot.
Kitchen/master bath: Everybody wants a gourmet kitchen with granite counters and a master bath that is like a day spa ... but are YOUR kitchen and bathroom similar to or better than other area homes in your price range? That's what really matters.
Curb appeal/landscaping: If a boring, outdated or simply "blah" architectural style greets potential buyers when they drive up, make the landscaping sing the home's praises. If a buyer drives up and loves what they see, they will make excuses for interior flaws instead of looking for them. In other words, half the battle is either won or lost depending on the curb appeal of your home. Do whatever you can to make the first impression be a great one.
End of Part I — for Part II, click here