Sometimes, what we really want is a quick sale, to move forward with our retirement, now that we’ve found the perfect place to live in the mountains. In fact, people from all over the country, like you, are heading Western North Carolina to follow their dreams of living in a beautiful NC mountain home, in friendly neighborhoods like The Coves.
Once the decision to move is made, selling your home can seem a little scary, but it’s easier than you think. Here’s some helpful tips for selling your home fast:
Choose the Right Agent
Finding the real estate agent that’s right for you can be a little intimidating, but it’s 100% possible. First, look around. Find someone who has a high selling rate in your area and is familiar with the landscape, and get some references. Ask an agent to provide a list of what they’ve listed and sold in the past year near your home, with the contact information. Former clients should sing the praises about their experience. In the modern age of real estate, a good agent should also be tech savvy and know how to give the home the best internet exposure possible. The right agent should also come with certifications, such as ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) or SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist).
Price the Home Correctly the First Time
Check out Zillow to get an estimate of what your home is worth, then consult with your realtor and ask for a CMA certified market analysis). This will give you an idea of what homes are selling for around you. Once you have a good idea of the right price, considering shaving off 5 to 10 percent off. This will attract buyers with multiple bids quick, who may bid up the price over what its worth.
Hire a Photographer
The photos that accompany your listing should show your home’s best attributes, and from the best angles possible and in the best light. Hire a professional who specializes in real estate and knows what potential buyers look for.
Make Quick Fixes
Make all necessary repairs! Even something as small as rusted lock or a leaky showerhead can turn off a potential buyer. Consider tackling the easier tasks yourself – such as caulking windows or doors – and hiring a repair man for the bigger fixes – such as rebuilding or repairing a rotted part of fence or replacing light fixtures throughout the home.
Ditch the Clutter
One of the easiest ways to declutter a house, and one of the most important things to do when selling it, is to de-personalize it. Consider putting a big chunk of memorabilia, family photos, knick-knacks, and keepsakes in storage. The less personal a house appears, the more potential buyers can vividly picture themselves living there – and the extra space can make the home appear bigger.
Stage Your Home
What does that mean? It means bringing the home to ‘model’ like condition as if the home is being sold brand new. Paint your home in neutral colors, if it is not that way already. Companies specialize in staging and it’s worth every dime. Your realtor will know which staging company is worth talking with.
Simple changes can make a world of difference. Update your old fireplace screen. Resurface your old dishwasher with a stainless steel stick-on covering. Open all blinds and curtains in order to bring out the home’s natural lighting. Trim any trees or bushes, put flowers in the windowsills, and add a welcome mat. The goal is to make your home appear as inviting as possible.
Have Frequent Open Houses
After your home is staged to perfection, it’s time to show it off. Don’t be afraid to skip the newspapers to advertise online. Write colorful, descriptive ads with your agent and place them on social media and open house directories online. Create open house signs with balloons, put them at the busiest intersections closest to your home, and make sure to make arrow-shaped signs that will buyers in the right direction. Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Take your pets to the pet spa or the park.
Sometimes it’s best to let the realtor show the house without you, so that your agent can highlight the best features of the house without bias.
If you’re looking to buy or build your very own Western NC dream home, why not consider The Coves Mountain River Club. You’ll quickly discover why our residents treasure the amenities such as our mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge with 360 degree long range mountain views. Sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and even plant their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs in Isabel’s Garden. Enjoy riverside hiking along the Johns River, or take a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months.
The Coves offers a good selection of homesites for sale with a generous amount of land for sale in the NC mountains. Residents can choose from a private cul-de-sac to a river frontage on the Johns River and several home sites with breathtaking mountain views. There are many builder floor plans available that include everything from master suites, generous guest bedrooms, detachable garages, vaulted rooms with exposed timbers, and screened outdoor living porches. Homesites start $39,000, where potential residents can choose from 1.75 acres of land all the way to 19. Three-bedroom houses – 2,200-3,350 square feet – start from $289,000.
Selling a home can be intimidating, but with the right tools and the right agent – you’ll be out the door and onto starting your new life before you know it.
Call 828.754.0700 now to schedule a visit!