5 Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

If you have to sell a home at the Lake of the Ozarks for the first time, you may be wondering how the whole process works. Your goal is to get the most money for your home that you can, with the least amount of time on the market. Factors such as how you price the home, how it is prepared for sale, and how it is marketed can determine the success of your home sale. Devine & Associates can help first-time home sellers prepare their homes for the market. Here are some tips for those selling their homes for the first time:

Get Your Home Move-In Ready

Your home needs to be ready to show at all times. Even if you can't afford to make any improvements, make your home move-in ready by making cosmetic repairs. Replace ripped screens, fix broken baseboards, tighten leaky faucets, and tidy your landscaping. Remove all personal items that have sentimental value and knickknacks. You want buyers to picture themselves living there.

Price Your Home Right

The biggest interest and consequently greatest number of showings, usually takes place during the initial listing phase. Make sure to take advantage of this by pricing your home competitively right out of the gate. Devine & Associates can help you price your home according to comparable homes in your neighborhood and recently sold homes that are similar. By overpricing your home, it will stay on the market longer, and can result in future price reductions. This often causes the listing to start to look stale and less desirable to home buyers.

Market the Home Appropriately

By listing your home with a real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks, your property will be listed in the multiple-listing service (MLS). There are many other online sites and other methods of advertising that your agent with Devine & Associates might recommend to market your property for the best results. Today, many home buyers start their searches online, so it is important to have quality photos of your home too.

Make Your Home Available

When a showing comes up, be ready. Buyers typically want to see homes immediately. Some sellers place too many restrictions on when their home can be shown, but being inflexible can risk a home showing. By making your home available, you won't lose a showing from a prospective buyer or miss an opportunity for a possible contract.

Plan Your Negotiation

Once you receive a contract, know what you are and are not willing to give up when it comes to your sale. This includes price, closing date, repairs, closing costs, etc. By knowing in advance what outcome you want, you can avoid negotiating over minor items that could cost you the sale. 

Let Devine & Associates Assist You in Your Home Sale

Whether it is your first home or you are an experienced investor, Devine & Associates can help you sell your Lake of the Ozarks home. Our team not only promotes your property, but we ensure you get the best price possible and that the deal closes smoothly with the least amount of hassle. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, please contact us at (573) 392-9900.

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