The Best “For Sale By Owner” Tips From The Experts
Detach yourself emotionally
Something HGTV tells us is one of the crucial for sale by owner tips in the home selling process. You have to detach yourself, emotionally, from your home. HGTV says, “A real estate pro looks at a house as structure, property and location without any thought to the clubhouse your kids built in the backyard, and that’s how you’ve got to think when marketing your home.”
It will be easier overall if you can start picturing some other house as your home. If every time you have a showing, you can’t bear to think of letting go, it’s going to make it harder in the end. “Cutting ties,” so to speak, is what you’re doing. If you can end this chapter of your life on a positive note, you can start the other one in a positive way. Therefore, attitude and mindset play big roles when selling your house!
Pictures vs videos
It’s said that a picture’s worth a thousand words. Which makes us wonder, how many is a video worth? An important aspect of listing and selling a home is taking pictures to put in the listing and to advertise with. Many folks hire a photographer to do this, to ensure that they get good quality pictures.
But what about a video walk-through of your home? Nationwide Insurance Company suggests this is a great idea. A “guided tour” may make your home seem out of the box and attractive to buyers, which could be great for selling. If you have it in your budget, we would suggest hiring a photographer/videographer to make the video for you. But, in the case that you can’t afford it, you can do it on your own.
Take your time, and make it good quality. Along with presenting these sale by owner tips, we want you to make sure you’re giving it all you’ve got as you implement it. As you go through the house, explain to viewers where you are, and what makes this room stand out. You can even get a friend to record you as you walk through and give the grand tour.
Renovating and redoing
Sometimes renovations, small or big, have a major impact on how quickly and how much your house sells for. And even smaller projects such as repainting baseboards can potentially sway buyers to purchase your home. Let’s take a look at what the experts have to say about renovating and redoing.
When it comes to repainting things in your home, Joanna Gaines, from the former TV show Fixer Upper, says she loves “lighter blues with gray undertones because you can use them as neutrals.” We also know she loves royal blue as her accent color. So, in the end, we learn going with more neutral colors for walls and adding pops of colors around the room is a great way to go. For a very inclusive list of the paints Joanna Gaines uses, read this article from Harper House.
We all know how much first impressions matter. And because the outside of your house is the first thing buyers see, it’s important to make it count. Sprucing up the outside of your home to make it look better is called curb appeal. Let’s look at a great tip on curb appeal from Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines.
Don’t let contrast scare you
Something Gaine’s says not to be scared of is contrast. Sometimes our homes need a face-lift, which could be as simple as a new coat of paint. On one house, Gaines said, “We installed new windows and black shutters to help define the house with contrast…” Thus, simply painting your shutters could add lovely character to your house. Don’t be afraid to stand out!
When to sell
Some things seem too weird to be true. But interestingly, there is a best time to put your home on the market. In a recent article from US News, they explain what the best time appears to be. “According to real estate information [from the] company Zillow, the best time to list a home for sale is on a Saturday between May 1 and 15. Homes listed during those times sell six days faster and for 0.7% more than the average annual home price.”
Learn new for sale by owner tips every day
You never know how well your house is going to sell. So even though you hope it goes smoothly, you should never stop exploring how to make it sell faster, and how to make the process smoother. There are more for sale by owner tips out there than we could include in today’s article, but you can keep exploring on your own! And if you’re worried about making mistakes, check out our recent article on FSBO mistakes, so you know what to avoid.