If you’re selling this year, keep these tips in mind for an easier, speedier sale:

1. Price your home correctly.

Buyers will pay almost anything to get a home. Bidding wars tend to be common in some areas, but they may be less so in your community. This means it is important to pay attention to the numbers your agent brings to the table.

By pricing your home competitively then you are more likely to generate a number of offers in excess of the list price. You’ll want is to generate interest and showings, and having a “pie in the sky” price won’t do that, even with the dearth of homes for sale.

Does your home stand out online?

There is likely a crowd of homes for sale, so you’ll want to make sure that yours gets noticed for all the right reasons. Anyone looking in your neighborhood will see that your home is for sale. But if they’re a seasoned buyer then they’ll quickly be able to tell if your home is a possibility.

This means you will want to make your home look as clean and polished as possible:

  • Strip your home of all personal effects and artwork
  • Clear out half the furniture (or all, in some cases)
  • Repaint the walls white
  • Buff the floors
  • Put up neutral bed coverings
  • Give your home a deep cleaning
  • Re-grout dirty tiles and replace carpet as needed
  • Replace old fixtures with modern LED lights
  • Open the window shades (or remove them)
  • Clean the windows.

Charming exteriors tend to get noticed faster, and if prospective sellers do a drive-by showing, your home must dazzle them enough for them to stop and take a closer look. You will want to repair anything that’s broken. Repaint where needed. Once spring comes, plant colorful flowers and edge your lawn. Decide if your front door and walkway could use sprucing up with a coat of paint or a more complete refresh.

Figure out what is the minimum acceptable sales price.

One of the biggest mistakes sellers make is letting greed get the best of them. Either they set the list price too high, and then have to go through painful rounds of list price reductions, or, once an offer comes in, they fight tooth and nail for every last dollar instead of negotiating to get the deal done.

The best thing you can do is decide what is the minimum price you’d be willing to accept. Write that number down and when the first offer rolls in, look at that piece of paper and see how it compares to the offer. If you’re at or above your minimum acceptable price, you’re in good shape. Everything else is gravy. And if you get your minimum acceptable price, we think you should relax and feel good about the deal.

We believe that the best real estate deals happen when everyone walks away happy. As a seller in 2022, resolve to move on from your home, grateful for the time you’ve spent there and the buyer who will care for your home going forward.