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  SELLERS TIPS

KNOW YOUR PROPERTY

If you are not already, become familiar with such facts about your property as property taxes, zoning, lot size, square footage, etc. Look at the terms of your existing loan.

RESEARCH THE CURRENT MARKET AND PROPERTY LAWS IN YOUR AREA.

  • How much are properties similar to yours selling for?

  • What are the terms of the sales?

  • What property disclosure laws do you need to take into consideration?

SET THE PRICE.

Once you know the specifics about your home and have checked out what similar properties in your area are selling for, set a realistic price.

DETERMINE FINANCING ALTERNATIVES.

Contact lenders in your area to determine what the options are for your prospective buyer. You want to be informed before they ask, or your lack of knowledge may turn them off from dealing with you.

PERFORM A “WALK-THROUGH” OF YOUR PROPERTY.

OUTSIDE:

  • Does it need a new coat of paint (either because the old paint is obviously cracked or faded, or because of an uncommon choice in color that might turn off prospective buyers)?

  • If a house with a yard, is the lawn and landscaping attractive and well-kept?

  • If it is a condo, you can’t do much about the building, but is the front door (and balcony, if there is one) appealing?

  • Are the windows and doors attractive and in good condition?

  • Are the roof (and the gutters) in good condition?

  • Is the grass nicely cut, are the hedges trimmed, are the leaves swept up?

  • Are all toys put away such as bikes, scooters, etc.?

Look at it from the perspective of both the prospective buyer and the inspector. Take notes on all items that need to be repaired or replaced. Things to consider include:

INSIDE:

  • Are the interior paints and finishes in good condition (recently updated), or do they need to be freshened up? This is one area with the best ratio of least expensive to most desired. For a minimal investment, you could possibly make or break a sale by having your home look well-kept and inviting.

  • Are the appliances in good working order and of recent vintage?

  • Are the plumbing and electrical systems in good condition? Are they fully functional?

  • Are the carpets or other floor coverings clean and in good condition? Like the paint, are they attractive and well-kept? Floor coverings are worth paying for so that your home makes a good impression.

  • Are the sealants (sink, shower, tub, windows) in good condition?

  • Are all light fixtures working properly, and is there good lighting in each room so that prospective buyers won’t think you’re hiding something?

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Most prospective buyers will want to know about the local schools, shopping, parks, transportation, etc. Be prepared so you can knowledgeably answer their questions.

Get in Touch

Adriana López-Soler

Licensed Real Estate Broker

License #N630652

SUNSET PROPERTIES OF SWFL,LLC

  Tel: (239) 250-2051

Email: sunsetproswfl@gmail.com 

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