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Sell Your Home Easily With These 6 Tips

People don’t just roll out of bed and sell their homes. Selling your home is a process: it takes time, planning, and expertise. If you’re getting ready to sell your home, here are a few tips to help make the process as smooth as possible:

Work With an Experienced Agent to Sell Your Home

This is key. Your agent is your partner, someone you’ll be working closely with until we put the “sold” sign in your yard. It’s important that he or she knows the market and has demonstrated selling success, but it’s equally important that you trust the person and generally enjoy working with him or her.

Change Your Mindset

As soon as you decide to sell, stop thinking of it as “your” home. It’s important to look at it the way your potential buyers will see it. They don’t have the memories and emotional ties you do, so you need to think like a buyer. What do they want in a home? And what do they see in yours?

Before You Sell Your Home, Fix It Up

Going strong with your new seller’s mindset, it’s time to make little fixes and upgrades that will make your home more appealing. For major upgrades, like new countertops or backyard landscaping, it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits before starting an expensive project. However, small projects, like fixing broken handles or leaky faucets, repainting, or deep cleaning, help you leave a good first impression with potential buyers. If they see a lot of small items in disrepair, they’ll think you’ve left some big ones that way, too.

Stage Your Home

In an ideal world, you’ll be able to move out before we start showing your home. Clutter and personal effects can make it more difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. If that’s not possible, try to remove as many belongings as possible and keep the home neat and clean. 

In some cases, it may be advisable to have your home professionally staged; you and your real estate agent can discuss this to see if it’s worth the cost. More often, you’ll simply want to clean it thoroughly, remove as many personal items as you can, and repaint certain rooms, particularly if the walls look dingy or if you have brightly colored walls that could be painted a neutral color instead.

Price Your Home Appropriately

You don’t have to figure this out alone: your real estate agent knows the market inside and out and can give you the information you need to help you choose an appropriate asking price based on the current situation. Asking too much can leave your house languishing on the market for too long, while asking too little means leaving your well-deserved money on the table. 

Though it can be difficult depending on your financial situation, try not to get attached to an amount you “need” to get for the home. The selling price could depend on a variety of factors, and insisting on a certain price may leave your house on the market for longer than you can afford. Your agent will help you entertain offers and give suggestions based on what’s fair and what you might be able to expect.

On that note: don’t be surprised by low-ball offers. It’s not personal, and you don’t have to accept them! Plus, it demonstrates interest in your home, which is always good.

Take a Step Back

This is where your agent goes to work for you! Of course, it’s important to stay involved in the process and receive regular updates from your agent, and you should always feel encouraged to reach out and ask questions when you need to. However, it won’t help the selling process (or your nerves!) if you’re obsessing over the details or worrying if it’s been a couple of days without any interest from buyers. If you chose a real estate agent carefully in the first place, you can trust he or she is doing everything possible to sell your home.

Let it happen and look forward! You’ve got an exciting future ahead of you in a new home. If you have any questions about selling your home, please contact us! We’d be honored to work with you. 

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Zillow user Jamisonrp

Sold a Roxborough home in 2017

"Trish is amazing! Trish was my agent when I bought my home in Philadelphia, so of course I went to her when I was ready to sell. Despite an election and the holidays, she was able to have my house sold by the time frame I needed to move. Trish was always helpful with guiding me through the  process of paperwork, staging my house, and even went to my closing for me because I was out of town. She was always professional and incredibly knowledgeable about the market, comps, and finding appropriate potential buyers."

Zillow user Radcliffe Beverly

Sold a Phoenixville home in 2015

"Trish Puleo exceeded my expectations during the process of selling a home that was part of an estate. Since I was out of state, she offered to check on items and secured vendors to fix some repairs that were needed. She is responsive, knowledgeable, and thorough. She followed up on all showings  and got answers to questions from potential buyers even when I did not know the answer. I felt she always had my back especially with the settlement process since I was not planning on attending. I would highly recommend making Trish your partner in getting a house sold." 

Zillow user Abjkl

Bought a Phoenixville home in 2017

"We were first time home buyers who underestimated the details of what on the surface seemed to be a standard, as in everyone has the same forms and procedures and ethics, home buying process. Trish is an experienced  professional who brought with her calm sensibilities, timely and accurate communication, and complete knowledge of the requirements, timelines and paperwork. She was reassuring, helpful and on our side when we needed it most! Only wish we would have included her the moment we decided to buy a house!"

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Bought and sold a Phoenixville home

"Trish is an excellent realtor and property manager. She’s friendly, professional, honest, dependable, responsive, and knows the Phoenixville area intimately. We’ve been extremely happy with her services, and will recommend her to anyone."

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