Friday, December 18, 2015

The Truth About Selling Your Home

We're not going to sugarcoat it - selling your house at the Lake of the Ozarks can be a lot of work. You have to evaluate your home with a critical eye and repair any issues that could pose as drawbacks to potential buyers, and you have to be ready to vacate your home at a moment's notice for showings. That being said, there are a lot of ways your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent can help take some of the weight off of your shoulders. Keep reading to learn more about getting your home ready to sell.

Truth #1:
Not Making A Repair Is More Expensive Than Making It
If you're thinking about selling your home, money is probably a big concern - especially if you are simultaneously searching for a new home to purchase. You may be tempted to save a few dollars by opting to leave the worn-out carpeting or the leaky faucet as is, but the truth is that not making these repairs will probably cost more than making them. If your home is in prime condition, you will be more likely to secure a higher sale price.

Truth #2:
If Your Home Is Dirty, It Will Sell For Less
Making the necessary repairs in your home is important, but keeping it clean and uncluttered is critical. Deep-cleaning every square inch of your home is your best bet, but keeping on top of even the simplest tasks (sweeping the floors, wiping down the sinks and countertops, etc) can mean the difference between a high and a low offer. You never know when buyers will want to schedule showings, so you should strive to keep your home pristine at all times.

Truth #3:
You Have To Price Your Home Correctly
One of the biggest mistakes sellers make is pricing their home higher than necessary because they are not in a major hurry to sell - they can drop the price at a later date if necessary. However, the truth is that homes typically get the most traffic during their first thirty days on the market. If your home is priced too high in the beginning, you may not be able to get in front of the serious buyers who scratch it off their list simply because it is out of their price range.

Truth #4:
Scents Matter
Some people have more finely tuned senses of smell than others, but the fact remains that if you want your home to smell quickly, it has to smell good. Depending on their source, unpleasant odors can be hard to get out - and buyers may surrender the battle before it even begins by searching for a different home entirely. Before every home showing or open house, bake cookies or burn candles with seasonal scents so that your entire home smells nice.

Truth #5:
Timeliness Is Critical
If you receive an offer on your home, we strongly recommend that you respond as quickly as possible. Buyers will typically give you 24-48 hours to respond to their offer; if you miss this deadline, their offer will be voided. If buyers have questions or need information, it's important that you be readily available to answer them. If your responses are continually delayed, buyers may become frustrated and begin looking for other options.

The Property Shop Agents Can Help You Sell Your Home!

If you are thinking about selling your condo at the Lake of the Ozarks or your home, we hope you will reach out to one of our experienced real estate agents in Lake Ozark, MO. We would be happy to help you sell your home in Osage Beach, Camdenton, Lake Ozark, Sunrise Beach, or any of the surrounding towns, and we promise to do everything we can to simplify the process for you. For more information, give us a call or check out our website:

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

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