What You Want and Don’t Want to Hear from Your Listing Agent
You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to:
- Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home)
- Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset
- Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset
An agent must be concerned first and foremost with you and your family to garner that degree of trust. Make sure this is the case.
Many would-be Ann Arbor home sellers want to rush the market in the summertime because they’ve heard that it’s saturated with home buyers.
While it’s true that the spring and summer are traditionally great times to sell because buyers are interested in moving in before the school year starts, it is still important for sellers to properly prepare for entering the market.
After all, buyers also are distracted by summer vacations and kids home from school during the summer. Thus, it’s important to quickly grab their attention when they do spend an afternoon navigating the market.
Selling Your Ann Arbor Home During the Summer Months
Here are 10 things that you can do to effectively prepare your home for the housing market:
- Be diligent about mowing the lawn. Everyone knows grass grows quicker during the summer. And while you may be willing to skip a week as a homeowner out of sheer convenience, it’s important to stay on top of mowing the lawn frequently – perhaps even twice a week if necessary. You don’t want to risk your lawn appearing unkempt to an interested home buyer because that buyer may assume the rest of your house is equally unkempt.
- Set the right scene outside. Speaking of curb appeal, we recommend giving your home’s exterior a major facelift by taking the time to plant some colorful flowers and trimming the bushes. Don’t forget to sweep the walkway and perhaps even repaint the shutters. While these sorts of improvements are important year round, they’re especially important during the summer since buyers are spending a lot of time outdoors.
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