The housing game can be very profitable for one who wants to sell their house quickly and for more money. Of course there is no guarantee that your house will sell, but if you make your house stand out among all the rest in your market it can help you close faster and make the most money from the sale.
Offering different kinds of perks in addition to staging your house can attract potential buyers. These are a few techniques you can use to get the best offer closest to your asking price.
1. Seek professional help
It’s sometimes easy to overlook the obvious. The best thing a homeowner can do is find the best real estate agent for them. If you’re unsure of how to go about shopping for the best agent consider going to open houses, get referrals or go online.
Sites like Realtor.com and RealEstateAgent.com are a good start to look for the best agent.
You can offer a home warranty that you can pay for up to a year, and can be a bonus and give peace of mind to the future homeowner. Purchase a good policy that will run you a few hundred dollars. This is a great investment and a great incentive for the buyer.
3. Accept less in earnest money
An earnest money deposit shows the seller that a buyer is serious about buying a home. This money is usually held jointly by both the buyer and seller in an escrow account. If you decide to go this route, you may get a buyer who may be contemplating on their decision to buy the home by lowering the earnest money cost.
4. Clutter and more clutter
It’s a no-brainer that you have to clean out the house and make it look more like a comfy bed and breakfast instead of a crowded house. Toss out old knick-knacks and furniture that takes up a lot of space or consider donating it to the Salvation Army. Clear out the garage also as this is sometimes used as a storage space.
5. Make the inside and outside appealing
Keep the lawn manicured by having it mowed and trim shrubs. Replace the front door mat with a new welcome mat. Place small plants or pottery around the front door. If your house is online, this will be the first thing a potential buyer will see, so make it presentable.
6. Pay closing costs
Offer to pay some of the closing costs and have a professional agent look over your list and have it appraised for what will be covered. This can be a great perk, since the buyer wants to pay minimal closing costs.
7. Homeowner dues
If a new home buyer isn’t privy to what homeowner’s insurance is, or they can’t afford to pay the additional cost during closing, you can offer to pay the dues for one year. This can be seen as a sign of good will and faith on the buyer’s part.
Kaia is a freelance writer for MyBankTracker who specializes in real estate, saving and banking.