Who moves during a pandemic?
As it turns out, lots of people do! Whether moving out of necessity (job change or loss, returning “home,” growing family), or simply because your extended time at home has helped you reflect upon the need for more space (wait, your kids, husband, and pets can’t all spend 10 hours a day in the same room??), the housing market is much more active than everyone had predicted it would be as we entered our new normal.
Coronavirus concerns have brought tons of uncertainty and stress…. and now you’re looking to sell your home on top of everything else??!?
Don’t let coronavirus stop you from getting the best price for your home with these 4 tips:
GET SOME HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS
Before you kick your home sale into high gear, it’s always recommended you hire a qualified and experienced real estate professional.
Your agent’s years of involvement in the local real estate market will bring a lot to the table when it comes to pricing, marketing, negotiation, and getting the best price for your property. They have a critical eye to spot details and possible problems before they have a chance to rear their head and make selling your home an ordeal.
Plus, with a global pandemic happening, their additional resources and connections may help generate more interest in your property, and bring in more offers.
We would love it if you involved us at NextHome Titletown Real Estate for your upcoming sale, but shop around first if you’d like. Finding an agent with whom you feel comfortable is paramount for the success of your sale and your overall sanity. We think that our agents are great at adapting to a number of different situations and working with clients across all personality types, but ultimately that decision will be up to you and with whom you have the best chemistry.
PRICE IT COMPETITIVELY
Right now, the real estate market is sitting in a strange position.
The suburbs are killing it.
The city is brisk, but inventory is creeping upward, resulting in longer days-on-market.
Multi-family units are on fire, even with unemployment high and rental income not 100% guaranteed anymore.
Investors are keeping their eyes peeled on attractive deals (if they can find them), while families are trying to stay put mostly due to overwhelming financial concerns.
This means you have an opportunity to make a bit of a wave by pricing your property competitively and drawing in a lot of potential buyers. A lower list price could, ultimately, turn into a bidding war and a sale price much higher than you had anticipated.
This is where your NextHome Titletown Real Estate agent can walk you through their reasoning for pricing your home at a certain point, including other comparable homes that have sold in your surrounding area. Take any pricing suggestions from your agent to heart, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions that come to mind. If you think it’s low, ask about the pricing strategy. But following their advice can help you in getting the best price in the long run.
BE FLEXIBLE AND RATIONAL
Once your listing is up and interested parties start emerging, be prepared to adjust your schedule at the drop of a hat.
Scheduled showings on the weekend are one thing, but individual interested buyers wanting to view your home on short notice is something completely different. If you’re wanting to sell your home quickly, be ready to vacate the premises with very little heads up.
This definitely applies to showings, but it’s a good idea to remember this remains the same for inspections and appraisals. Part of selling your home means being able to make yourself scarce when necessary.
At the start of coronavirus, Open Houses almost entirely ceased and virtual tours or scheduled private showings were the norm. But with additional safety precautions, Open Houses are back. And in many situations, buyers are trying to schedule private showings prior to Open Houses in order to place early bids on the properties and shut out the competition.
KEEP IT SPARKLING CLEAN
An obvious rule of thumb when selling your home is to deep clean everything and tidy up as much as you can.
While cleaning is one half of the equation, decluttering is the other half that often gets overlooked. You want your home to be presentable to potential buyers, and you don’t want it to feel crammed full of things that get in their way or make the space feel small.
The final piece here is to maintain the clean and decluttered space throughout the sale of your home. With COVID-19, doing your best to maintain spotless sanitation for all of your potential buyers is absolutely critical.
Tips for Getting the Best Price for Your Boston Home
Pandemic or not, getting the best price is every seller’s goal. That’s exactly what we do at NextHome Titletown Real Estate. If you want help getting top dollar for your home sale, contact us at (617) 657-9811!
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