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Top Five Tips for Home Sellers

If you are thinking of selling your Hudson Valley or Catskills home now, or even a year from now, there are some simple steps you can take that will ensure a smooth transaction for you and your buyers. Keep this information handy and follow these steps to help you present your home to potential buyers in the best possible light. If your home needs a bit of work, consider which projects might yield the best return for your dollar. One of the tips discusses getting your home professionally staged. This is something you can learn more about from an agent, or you can hire a professional service to do it for you.

We hope you find these home selling tips helpful. For more useful information about selling, call or email us anytime!

  1. Choose the best agent. Plan to interview at least two agents who do a lot of business in your area, and ask for a sample marketing plan. The agent should also be willing to prepare a detailed market analysis for you. It might seem logical to list with your cousin, friend or neighbor who also happens to be a real estate agent. If you’re like most other people, your home is your single largest asset. Do you really want to trust your cousin with it?
  2. Consider having your home professionally staged. Your agent will walk through the home with you to make recommendations based on experience. If you’ve accumulated a lot of “stuff” over the years, a stager can help you de-clutter, organize and get your home ready for showing. Most buyers today expect homes to be staged, or presented in their very best light.
  3. Consider your homes’ curb appeal. The first impression when buyers drive up to your house is all-important. Make sure the lawn is mowed, shrubs trimmed back to show the house itself, and some bright flowers are welcoming buyers by the front door. If the house needs painting, try to at least touch up the worst of it.
  4. Do a Pre-Inspection.  Most home inspectors will do a modified home inspection for sellers before they put their home on the market. This is a great opportunity to identify problem areas and fix them. Some common problems include buried oil tanks, faulty electrical, asbestos pipe wrap or asbestos in old vermiculite insulation, radon, hidden mold, and more. Problems can be fixed after a buyer does their inspection, but many buyers are skittish and will walk away from a sale rather than deal with unexpected issues.
  5. Find your paperwork. Go through your files and locate your deed, your current tax bills, and your utility bills for the last year. If you had a loan and paid it off, be sure you have the letter of satisfaction from the bank. If you still have a loan, find out what your current balance is. Sometimes several people own the property together, so make sure everyone is ready to sell. They’ll all have to sign the listing documents. Last but not least, if you inherited the property, make sure the will has been probated and you have clear title. 

Here's even more useful information: 

  • Ask for a Free Home Evaluation: A well-priced home will generate competing offers and drive up the final sale value. Our free market analysis takes into account the most actively searched prices and home values in the area and provides you with a detailed evaluation that puts it all in perspective.

  • Sell Your Home with a Professional: Our tried and true marketing plan will take the guesswork out of selling your home.

  • See What's on The Market: Use the search tools on this site to get an idea of the competition.

  • Connect to a Professional: Contact us anytime you need to know what's really going on in this market. When you're ready to take the next step toward selling your home, we're here to help. We'll make sure your listing gets the best exposure and reaches the right buyer—whether they're out of state, in another country, or right around the corner.

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