It is no secret that selling a house can be one of the biggest transactions of someone’s life.
However, before you start marketing your house and bringing potential buyers into it… there are a few things you should do, that we’ve learned over the years here at Skye Homes, to help increase your chances of selling your house faster and for a better price.
Sell Your Bay Area House Faster By Doing These FIRST
De-Clutter and Take Down Some Of Your Family Memorabilia
You might want to take your time and make the whole place less personal by removing family photos and other memorabilia if you have a bunch of it up. Get rid of that shrine of little Johnny’s sports metals and the fridge full of kids drawings. At first, this may feel very weird to you, but to a potential buyer… they need to be able to picture themselves in that house. But if you fill the fridge with pictures and momentos of your family… it makes it harder for the buyer to see the fridge and picture their own things on it.
The following are other things that will play out before you sell your home.
Price it Right
While it can be very easy to decide on what you want your home to fetch in the market, it will make more sense if you consider the industry standards when determining its actual market value. And just know that what you want for your house and what someone in the current market will pay for it may be two different things.
Remember many people may be looking for homes, but they have become smarter than never before and they come armed with “research” they found online on websites like Zillow (which tends to value houses lower than what a buyer will actually pay for them). After all, research has actually shown that over 90% of home buyers start their search for new homes through the internet… so make sure that you’re not asking far more than the online sources show (or have a great reason to back up your higher price to potential buyers).
NOTE: If you’re looking for an accurate value for your house, we can help you with that. We buy houses in the Bay Area and know the market very well and would love to give you a no obligation offer on your house and a very accurate Valuation so you know what other buyers in the market may pay on the open market. Just call us, Skye Homes, at or submit your property information to us through this link here>>.
Make the Property More Enticing
Technically, once you have the house marketed, in many cases, it can attract attention right away. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that over 70 percent of the potentials buyers will see the home within 3 to 6 months after its listing. However, if you’re not getting the attention you want for your house… there are some things you can do to make your house look better to potential buyers.
- Do the small things in your yard… ideally you can ensure the shrubs and the yard are neatly done and trimmed. You can even go extra mile and you replace the existing flowers with new and fresh ones.
- Do repairs or repaint your house if it’s looking battered and bruised. It’s is more important than you may think.
- If you have great furniture… think about including some of the furniture in the sale if the buyer wants it.
The thing about most “retail” buyers out there… is the majority of them have a hard time looking past the ugly parts of a house. Yes, they can repaint it after they buy… or they can re-do the yard… but a first impression is a lasting impression… and some buyers just can’t get past that initial ugly visual.
Don’t have the money or time to do the repairs or upgrades yourself?It may take a while to sell a house that has been neglected over the years. But, local home buyers like Skye Homes can buy your house fast, for cash, and you won’t have to do any repairs yourself. We’ll take care of it all, on our dime.
Have an Inspection Carried Out
To avoid being surprised with some property problems that must be sorted before the deal is closed, make sure you have an inspection done and the key reports prepared well in advance that is long before the buyers start to show up. Ensure every single issue is dealt with. The best part, the more your house is problem-free, the more it is going to sell within the shortest time possible.
If you need a referral to a great local the Bay Area Home Inspection Service, shoot us an email or give us a call at and we’d be happy to give you some names of reputable inspectors who can help you out.
Get All the Paperwork
Although, this step is often ignored, it is surprisingly important. After all, every buyer will actually want to know everything about the house before he or she takes the rein. Who normally does the maintenance and after how long, when were the important systems like the HVAC last maintained, etc. are some of things that the buyer will want to see.
Selling A House In The Bay Area Real Estate Market Can Be…
… stressful if you don’t have your ducks in a row.
No matter what type of market we’re in… consider doing some of the things I lay out in this article to make your house more attractive to potential buyers.
Also, if you need to sell your Bay Area house fast and are having a tough time doing so… connect with us.
We buy local houses. We can pay cash for your house, pay you a fair price we both agree on, and get you out of your current house in as little as 7 days rather than having to wait months and months to sell your house the traditional way.