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As I write this blog ... there were 964 homes listed for sale in Clearwater on the MLS. So if you wish to sell your home and have it stand out from the crowd, it won't do to simply throw a sign out in the yard and hope for the best. The goal in a home sale is to get the best possible price while minimizing time on market and aggravation. In order to accomplish this, proper preparation is a must. Here are the things you can do to prepare your Clearwater home to be sold in a short period of time.
Landscape and Exterior
First impressions mean everything and prospective buyers must at least get through the front door or nothing will happen. Take some time to freshen up your home's exterior and landscaping to improve its curb appeal. Get rid of dead plants and replace them with fresh shrubs and flowers. Make sure that the grass is green and well-trimmed. Pressure wash the driveway and the home's exterior to vanquish years of dirt and grime. If you wish to go the extra mile and your home's exterior needs it, consider a fresh coat of paint.
Declutter and Clean
When someone steps in to view a home for the first time, it should feel clean and inviting. The stacks of shoes that you normally keep by the door need to disappear. Likewise, personal items and any other clutter in the home should be removed. Homebuyers will be looking to your floors, ceilings, and walls first. If they are unable to see these because of clutter, the...
If you’ve decided buy or sell your home, you need to find the right real estate agent. What does that mean, the “right” agent? Of course if you’re selling, that means that you want someone to help you get the best possible sales price with the best possible terms. If you are buying, you will also be concerned with their negotiation skills and knowledge. So how do you find an agent that can accomplish this for you? While it’s tempting to use Aunt Dottie or the nice man that you talk to at Starbucks, but for most people, this is one of the largest financial transactions of their lives and should be treated that way.
It’s time to do some homework. Selling a home is part skill and experience of the agent but it’s also marketing. At a minimum, you want an agent who has access to your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and the big syndicated sites like Zillow and Realtor.com. Today over 70% of buyers start their search on the Internet. You also want an agent with an online presence. Look at their websites and see if they have an independent online following of their own.
Meeting with Agents
Once you’ve found an agent, or a couple of agents, that seem to be active in your community, it’s time to meet them. There may or may not be a reason to interview more than one agent: you might find the first one gives you the right information and hire them right away.
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