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What to Consider When Selling Your New Jersey or Pennsylvania Home

Selling your home can be bittersweet. Luckily, when you have an experienced real estate agent by your side, the selling process can be made easier. As one of the best real estate agents serving New Jersey and Pennsylvania, I can help you sell your current home and buy a new one that fits your lifestyle.

Give me a call today if you’re looking to sell your home in the following areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey:

–Bucks County: Newtown, Lower Makefield, Upper Makefield, Washington Crossing, Yardley
–Burlington County: Chesterfield
–Ocean County: Jackson
–Mercer County: East Windsor, Hamilton, Hopewell, Lawrenceville, Pennington, Princeton, Robbinsville, West Windsor
–Middlesex County: Cranbury, Monroe
–Monmouth County: Millstone, Upper Freehold

Just starting your selling journey? Keep reading for tips and tricks that will help you take your home from listed to sold. Have questions? Contact me at 609-369-1267, and I’ll be happy to help you start the process.

1. Evaluate Your Home
You know what your home looks like – and whether you love it or hate it, it’s yours. In order to sell your home effectively, it’s important to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and imagine viewing the home you are selling through their eyes.
First, it’s a good idea to drive around the block and imagine you are looking to buy a house in the neighborhood. What will a prospective buyer see for the first time?

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

–Does the home you’re selling need power washing or painting?
–Is the driveway in need of repair?
–Is the landscaping appealing, or does the lawn look like it hasn’t been mowed in weeks?

After you evaluate the outside, it’s time to go in. Tour your house like it’s the first time you’re seeing it. Be sure to make notes of things that potential buyers might point out, such as chipped paint or cabinet hinges that need oiling.

 2. Remove Clutter
Selling your New Jersey or Pennsylvania home is a great opportunity to clean out the junk you’ve been collecting for years. But here’s a trick – start removing the clutter before you put your home on the market. When your experienced real estate agent shows your house to prospective buyers, keep in mind that they will be opening every closet and checking every nook and cranny. Not ready to go through everything just yet? Put things you don’t use every day in boxes and store in an attic, basement, garage, or somewhere out of sight. Removing clutter will automatically make any room appear bigger – which is important when showing your house. Also, a buyer wants to walk through the home you’re selling and imagine themselves, and their things, in it. So, make sure you remove any unnecessary belongings.

3. Get Cleaning
After you’ve removed any clutter, it’s time to clean. And not just a light dusting. If you can, hire a professional to come in and do a deep clean. If not, that’s okay too. Just make sure that the carpets are shampooed, floors are shined, bathrooms are spotless, and there are no signs of dust anywhere. Even wipe down the walls. Believe me, they’re dirtier than you think.

4. Work on Those Repairs You’ve Been Putting Off
Remember those notes you took in #1? It’s time to make the repairs that you’ve been putting off for years, as well as the new ones you discovered when evaluating your home for sale. The better your home looks, the more you will be able to ask for it.

It’s a good idea to take care of these repairs before teaming up with a real estate agent. However, an experienced agent can help advise you on what needs to be done to make sure your home is in tip-top shape once it hits the market.

There is, however, an alternative to the sweat equity you get from a total fix-up, but it comes at a price. An “as-is” sale keeps you from doing all of the necessary repairs. A potential buyer will assess about twice the price you would have paid for the repairs and then deduct that amount from your asking price before making an offer.

By utilizing these tips, you can guarantee the best chance for your NJ or PA home to sell. As always, if you have any questions or would like any tips or pointers to get your home sold, please feel free to reach out to me at 609-369-1267.