Sell Your Home in New Bern Faster
Below you will find 10 suggestions that will
help give you the competitive edge in selling your home in the New Bern area.
Often we see folks chasing the market
down. This happens when they either overprice the neighborhood or do not pay
attention to what buyers consider important.
We hope you find these suggestions
useful. Please feel free to contact us at anytime for a free no obligation
1. Curb appeal:
First impressions are lasting impressions and believe me curb appeal is very
important. You are trying to sell your house. I have had appointments to show
properties and my clients did not even want to go inside after seeing the junk
in the front yard and the toilet bowl planter on the front porch.
The first thing a prospective
buyer will see when they drive to your house is your front yard. The second thing they see is your front porch. Make sure both are spruced up
and will make a nice impression. Fresh potted plants go a long way and are
not that expensive. New pine straw is not that expensive and can make a fresh
and well kept look. A new coat of paint on the front door is always a good idea.
How about a brand new door knob? Does your
driveway and house need pressure washing? Definitely de-clutter your yard. These items are
low-cost. The great thing about a good curb appeal in addition to making a good
impression on buyers visiting the home, is that it will allow your Realtor to
take nice photos of your home. Since many buyers see homes online before
choosing to see the home in person, you want the best exterior photo you can
2. Finish the honey-do
You know what the list is. The little things that you have put
off for a long time. The broken globe on the light fixture in the hallway. The
grinding noise the hall bath exhaust fan makes. The broken tile in front of the
dishwasher. You may have stopped noticing these things but buyers have not. To
them this can be perceived deferred maintenance. These relatively inexpensive items
can make a difference. I have shown homes that had quite a few of these loose
ends needing attention and my clients said they did not want to buy a home that
required so much work even if they were little items.
3. Stage the rooms :
Stand in the
doorway to find each room's
focal point, and use furniture
placement to highlight that. The
back of your sofa shouldn't
block the view of the fireplace,
for example, and the dining room
table shouldn't be sharing space
with a stair climber. You should
remove any extraneous pieces of
furniture, but you may be able
to "repurpose" them in another
room. A wingback chair that's
crowding the family room might
help create a nice reading nook
in the master bedroom.
4. Have a current
Comparative Market Analysis: This needs to be done so you have a
realistic value on your home. The CMA should have been done within the last 3
months. This is
a buyer's market in New Bern and the average days on the market before a sale is 158. If your house is perceived to be overpriced by
a potential buyer or other Real Estate Brokers it will not get shown. If it is not shown it
will not be sold. In today's market Real Estate Brokers would rather show a
home priced to sell, rather than be offered a bonus for selling on a house that is overpriced. They know an overpriced home will not sell so there is no need for them to show it.
5. Have a Home Inspection
done: A pre-sale inspection can help in you in several ways.
First of all more real estate deals fall apart due to home inspections than
anything else. Professional inspections can identify problems
that could prevent
your home from selling. If you know what those problems are before there is an offer on the
table, you have the opportunity to correct the deficiencies. And if there are no
major problems or the problems have already been addressed, an inspection
can publicize that fact to
skittish buyers. Having an
inspection laying out on the counter shows the potential buyer that you have nothing
to hide. Or, if there is a problem and you are not able or willing to correct it perhaps you can get an estimate from a Contractor and give to potential buyers.
6. De-clutter the inside
of your house : Too much stuff makes rooms look smaller and focuses buyers' attention on
your possessions rather than the
home you'are trying to sell.
That's why many professional
stagers recommend removing as
much as a third of your things
to better show off rooms and
closets. Since you are
going to have to pack it up
anyway why not go ahead and do
it now. It is very difficult for a buyer to imagine themselves living in your house if they can't
visualize how their furniture would work.
7. Depersonalize your
The first items that you should
pack as you are de-cluttering your home should be family
photos and other collections that say
"you." Streamline your artwork
and consider toning down bold
decorating statements. The 20
photos of your grandchildren on the refrigerator may have special meaning to you
but to buyers they represent clutter.
9. Odor removal:
You don't want other Real Estate Agents to
remember your house as the cat litter house.
I was showing a home some time ago
and the minute we opened the front door we were overwhelmed with a smell of cat
urine. Needless to say my customer turned around and said "let's go". If you're not sure
how your place smells, get your
least tactful friend to take a
few whiffs and tell you the
honest truth. Pet owners get
accustomed to the scents in our own homes and don't think this is a problem. Believe me, it is. Fix it.
10. Pick the Right Real Estate Agent:
This most important thing you can do to sell your home.
That is, choosing your Real Estate Professional. Do this based upon their
expertise and marketing skills. All Realtors are not equally qualified to sell your home.
Your friends may refer their sister-in-law or you may
have a neighbor or a friend at church in the Real Estate business, but steer clear of these
agents unless the agent is qualified. Selling a home is one of the largest
financial decisions a person will ever make. You do not want an inexperienced or
"discount" broker handling that for you. If you were going to get an operation
would you want a "discount" doctor or if you were going to trial, would you want
an inexperienced lawyer? Real Estate is serious business, treat it as such.
There are Hundreds of Real Estate Brokers in the New Bern area.
Why would you choose the
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