Selling a home fast does not mean you have to sell it under market value. The McT Real Estate Group can sell your house quickly and for top dollar – and have done this for many years in San Diego. A well-prepared house that is properly marketed and appropriately priced will typically sell in our urban neighborhood of San Diego within the first 30 to 60 days.
The San Diego market is great for sellers right now because of low inventory. It is one of the most desirable places in the country, so many people want to live here. This is a good thing for homeowners thinking of selling their home, especially in today’s seller’s market. You, as the seller, will have more negotiating power because of this. This does not mean that you can pick a selling price out of the sky. We still see homes that are having a hard time selling. There are several reasons for this happening in this market. Some of these homes have been thrown on the market without preparation and have been overpriced. These are the homes that will sit on the market and eventually sell for less. As buyers continue to ignore these houses, the seller’s agents continue reducing the price. Once a home sits on the market for a long time, buyers think there is something is wrong with the house.
Selling a Home Fast With a Limited Budget
If your goal is to sell a home fast and have a limited budget, talk to a local and experienced Listing Agent. They can refer you to several qualified home inspectors so a pre-inspection can be done for you. You and your Realtor can focus on the things that should be repaired that are not too costly but would be important to a home buyer.
Don’t think that spending money on a home you’re trying to sell is wasted money. Some things should be addressed as they may be minimal to fix, but a buyer may make a big deal once they do their inspection. A homebuyer will pay a premium for a house that is in good condition. You wouldn’t want them to walk away because the air conditioning system doesn’t work or because the sewer line is cracked. To sell quickly, take immediate action, but be sure your house is in suitable condition for the market. Don’t list the house until it’s ready.
First Impressions – Curb Appeal
San Diego is great for many reasons – one of them being the creative-expressiveness you have when decorating than more traditional settings are bound by. You might think of white as boring, but you can easily and inexpensively add some flair; off-white with a tropical trim looks stunning and is very welcomed in San Diego’s Urban Communities.
You won’t want to paint the entire house too loud of color as this will ward off some buyers. Stick with neutral colors and get creative with accent features like the front door, windows, and shutters. The outside of the house is the first thing buyers will see, so start there.
A cluttered, messy front yard will give buyers the impression the interior is also neglected. An immaculate interior won’t matter if a buyer never bothers to go inside. Consider a rock garden – they are a great, low-maintenance way to give the house great curb appeal without working hard to keep it looking good.
So, here’s a scenario: the appealing exterior of your house has attracted a potential buyer – great! They open the gate with a smile, excitedly walk through the front yard. They open the front door, step inside, and are then confronted with a strong, musty smell. Things went from good to bad rather quickly! Nothing says “neglect” like a smelly house. Avoid this harmful scenario by getting the house professionally cleaned.
Less is More -cluttered rooms will make them look small. You want to open up space and accentuate the attractive features of the home. This room isn’t massive but works well because it has the right amount of furniture.
A Kitchen Facelift
Kitchen and bathrooms – these are the focal points most buyers have in houses. A dingy kitchen with outdated appliances is an immediate turn-off for buyers. A good listing agent will know how to prioritize what to spruce up to remain within your budget.If your kitchen has a set-up like this photo on the left side, you can remove the overhead cabinets to open up space, such as the kitchen on the right-hand side. It creates a room that feels much larger than it is.
The same is true for a dated bathroom. Jazz it up with new door handles and fixtures. Paint the bathroom a lighter color and replace the caulking. For more tips on sprucing up your house, Check out this article on Catering to Millennials.
San Diego Sunshine
San Diego is known for its abundant sunshine, and the best part is: it’s free! Use it to your advantage. Pull back the curtains and make sure there’s nothing blocking sources of light like an overgrown bush in front of a window. A bright living space can make it obvious what to fix first, like a dirty carpet that didn’t look so bad when it was dark inside.
Amplify this phenomenon by painting the room white. You may love your burgundy colored office – but selling fast means you’ve got to open up the door to as many buyers as possible. White will make space look bigger and brighter. Additionally, use bright light bulbs to illuminate the inside of your house at night. In your backyard, adding lights to your porch and fence will create an alluring ambiance.
Ask Tenants To Move Out
If the home that you are selling is a rental, you will be faced with a difficult conversation. You are most likely going to have to ask the occupants to move out. In our experience, trying to sell a home in which renters occupy has proved challenging. Tenants have no incentive to make sure the house is clean and tidy. They are not too eager to show the property to a potential buyer. No matter how nice or easy-going they are, they won’t be excited that you’re getting ready to sell the house that they live in. If a buyer has a hard time trying to get in to see your home that is for sale, they will move on to another one that easy to show.
The bottom line is when the home is not occupied with tenants, a well-maintained living space is proven to be the most marketable. Keep in mind that if the tenants have lived in the home for over a year, they must receive a 60-day notice. Under a year gets 30 days, so plan if you’re goal is selling your home quickly.
If you are thinking of selling your home in San Diego and would like to speak to an experienced listing agent/Realtor, contact the McT Real Estate Group. We would love to be able to help you with the process.