Things Every First-Time Seller Should Know

Time to reminiscence about the time you bought your first home for sale. Inspections, appraisals, mortgage loans, pre-approvals, and so much more. If you had a good real estate agent helping you it might have avoided some of the stress and hassle. Now, you might be thinking of selling and that opens up a new process and new things to think about. If you’re a first-time seller our list of what you should know can help you make this next phase of being a homeowner enjoyable, save you time and money.

Selling a home in Sioux Falls will open a new set of expectations and situations than buying a house. New emotions and surprises might be in your future. As your dedicated Lifetime Home Support Team we have you covered. We’re with you before, during, and after the sale of your home so you can enjoy the next chapter of your life. Our goal is to help you prepare now so you avoid any potential pitfalls or setbacks. Our experienced team can help you coordinate the appointments, documents, and necessary steps so you can enjoy selling your home and making more money in the process.

Staging Your Home to Sell for More

Staging your home is a key step to help the process go quicker and help you make more money. A decluttered home allows prospective buyers to start visualizing how they will make your home more their style. When done correctly, staging provides more value. As your Lifetime Home Support Team, we help our clients with the best setup when staging.

ASRE Quick Tip: Keep only what’s essential for daily living and have a system to quickly grab items that take up space (blenders, toasters, toys, etc).

Organization Pays Off

Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for appliances like the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. Be proactive and save yourself a headache when buyers ask for these documents.

ASRE Quick Tip: Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out or will need to be replaced soon? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and will be handy when negotiations begin. You can have these ready if they do happen to ask.

Pre-Home Inspection

Remember back when you had an inspection report for the house you were going to buy? Turn the tables and get ahead of prospective buyers. Invest in a pre-home inspection so you have an idea of what trouble areas may stand out. Inspection experts will provide a list and you can decide if it’s worth your time or money before you start your open house. You might be surprised about potential problem areas you weren’t aware of that could cost you time and money once negotiations begin.

ASRE Quick Tip: We’ve helped sell a lot of homes and always have our clients' best interests in mind. We’ll help you understand those inspection reports and discuss what needs to be done. We have a list of preferred vendors and will recommend the best for you.

Curb Appeal Matters

First impressions can be worth, well, thousands of dollars. Think back to when you were the buyer and what your first thoughts were when you pulled up to look at a house. Curb appeal matters. Take the time to clean up your lawn, bushes, and overall appearance of your home.

ASRE Quick Tip: Buying some nice, colorful flowers will help create the impression you desire. Simple but elegant can help you sell for more.

Price and Negotiations

There is a chance you’ll be surprised about how emotionally connected you are to your home. It happens quite a bit, really. Nostalgia can kick in pretty quickly if a buyer makes a comment about a room you spent time fixing up or renovating. Think about your goal of selling your home and taking the next step. Two big topics are price and negotiations. Those two areas are why you really need an experienced real estate agent (or team) that is focused on your goals. Our team at ASRE provides all the information you need to know about the price you should list, comparable homes sold, and overall market knowledge.

ASRE Quick Tip: Our thorough knowledge of the current real estate market allows us to price your home at the right price from the very start. We will work hard to make sure your home is staged properly and will be viewed by prospective buyers in its most optimal light. The systems and checklists we have personally developed are guaranteed to make your home-selling experience is smooth, hassle-free, and very rewarding.

We have a proven method to connect buyers and sellers through bold marketing and strategic advertising. Our listings sell for the highest dollar in the shortest amount of time. We also have a Behind The Scene to homes not yet on the MLS for our buyers. Your goals will always be our first priority before, during, and after the home sale and/or purchase.