5 Tips to Get Your NYC Home Ready to Sell Fast
The real estate market in NYC can be competitive. Buyers have a number of homes from which they can choose, so sellers must do everything in their power to stand out from other listings.
The good news is that, with a little effort, you can make your home appear more desirable than the competition and sell it quicker, with less hassle.
Here are five tips to get your home ready to sell in NYC:
1) Find the right real estate advisor
At Elegran, we prefer the term “real estate advisor” over “agent” or “realtor” since we feel it best captures the essence of this highly important role.
The best real estate advisors can help you price your home just right and advise on the best time to list it, so it can avoid lasting more than 30 days on the market. They also have a firm grasp over the minutiae of a large real estate deal, from handling offers and disclosures to avoiding pitfalls along the way.
That said, you’ll want to work with a professional who has cutting-edge resources at their disposal, including access to DocuSign. This can make the home selling process as fast and effortless as possible. If you need help finding the right real estate advisor, Elegran’s here to help!
2) Hire a professional real estate photographer
Eighty-five percent of buyers say that professional real estate photos are the most important factor in choosing which homes they’d like to visit, according to a study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
If your real estate advisor includes high-quality real estate photos in their services, make sure you discuss how the photos will be used to market your home. The photos should be taken from numerous angles and highlight as many spaces as possible.
Also, ask your advisor if their go-to real estate photographer offers a virtual staging option in case your home will be vacant by the time you put it on the market, or you could choose to stage it traditionally with furniture.
You can’t go wrong either way, with 82% of buyers’ agents saying that a staged home helps their clients envision themselves living there, which can lead to more (and better) offers.
3) Declutter and clean
As the old saying goes, “first impressions matter.” But how will your home wow a potential buyer if it’s too cluttered and messy?
Before you list your home, take some time to declutter and clean each room, or hire someone who can do it for you. Don’t forget to de-personalize as you go by storing away picture frames, diplomas, fridge magnets, and other personal touches in plain sight.
Decluttering can make a cramped room look and feel a lot more spacious, so put away knickknacks that you usually keep on the kitchen countertops or coffee table. Also, pay special attention to bathrooms and kitchens, as these areas tend to attract a lot of interest. If they’re dirty or cluttered, it could be a deal-breaker for some buyers.
4) Brighten up your home
An abundance of natural light can make your home feel warm and inviting while also making it appear more spacious.
To make your home as bright and airy as possible, draw back the curtains or remove heavy drapes to show off your windows.
Another way to brighten up the space is to slap on a new coat of paint (if your walls need a touch-up). Consider hiring a professional painter to take the legwork out of it for you. When choosing a paint color, opt for a white or neutral tone to create a soothing atmosphere, as bright colors may be off-putting to some buyers.
In addition, make sure that each room has sufficient light, whether natural or artificial, especially if the room is naturally dark. When choosing light bulbs, lamps, and chandeliers, pick warm yellows over harsh fluorescents. Remember: you live in a home, not a hospital!
5) Make a few small improvements
Before putting your home on the market, talk to your real estate advisor about whether or not you should make significant improvements to your home. In some cases, a major renovation can increase your home’s value, but it can also be a big headache that eats up money and time.
On the other hand, a few small fixes, like replacing that rusty showerhead in the bathroom or fixing that squeaky door in the bedroom, can go a long way in making your home more appealing to a potential buyer.
One cost-effective option is to reglaze your bathtub to make it look shiny and new. Another is to liven up dull surfaces or countertops with Epoxy resin, which you could also use on laminate cabinets that are peeling away. Apps like Taskrabbit and Handy are great resources for finding professionals near you who can handle an array of home improvement tasks at affordable prices.
How to Get Your NYC Home Ready to Sell With Elegran
If you’re looking for a top-notch real estate advisor to help sell your home, don’t look past Elegran. Our team ensures you get quality service at every step of the way, with access to the most innovative marketing tools and real estate technology available.
Not only that, but our advisors bring much-needed modernization to the table without sacrificing human interaction, making them the perfect partners for success in real estate.
To learn more about how we can help you get your NYC home ready to sell (and close!), reach out to an Elegran advisor today.