Category: Preparing to Sell Your Home

  • To get the very best results from your photo shoot, please prepare your property before the photographer arrives. As you get your home ready, please be mindful of the bullet points listed below: * GENERAL: * Clean glass doors and windows * Vacuum or mop floors * Dust furniture and appliances * Tidy up closets * Turn off any TVs * Open blinds to let in good natural light * Remove scuff marks from the walls * OUTSIDE: * Clear the driveway of cars,

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  • It can be intimidating to price your home, but there's no reason to spend too much time worrying about the long-term implications of your initial price. This post explains why. Today, almost all serious buyers are signed up for alerts when new properties come on market that match their price, bedroom and location parameters. Within the first couple weeks you list, almost all serious buyers looking for properties in your area will see your house for sale, make appointments and potentially make o

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  • We believe pro photos are so important in selling your home that we pay for it! Pro photography [https://www.homebay.com/tips/why-having-really-nice-pictures-of-your-home-matter-a-lot/] leads to more showings and offers because standing flashes and wide angle lenses make your home look bright and big. Data from the National Association of Realtors and Google shows almost all buyers begin their search online. Think of it like online data -- it is the pictures that are driving the activity. If y

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  • Is it Worth it to Stage Your Home?

    By Home Bay

    Posted on July 20th, 2016

    Generally, for homes priced over $1 million, we recommend considering staging. For homes below $500,000, we do not. Read on to learn why! Staging is Expensive: When you stage your home [https://www.homebay.com/tips/5-golden-rules-budget-friendly-staging-infographic/] , you're hiring an interior decorator plus a furniture rental company. These companies typically require you to sign up for a minimum term of three months. We generally see price quotes between $10,000 and $15,000 for three months

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  • Some home improvement questions are easy to answer. For example, dead lawns should be replaced. However, some questions related to home improvement are very difficult for us to answer without seeing pictures of your home, knowing your price point and understanding your neighborhood For example, a minor kitchen remodel may make sense on an older home in Burlingame, California, where the price point is close to $2 million. But if you put the identical house in Jacksonville, Florida, at the $200,0

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  • If an agent promises they can sell your home for more money than any other house on the block, you should hire them right away, right? Not so fast. Remember, a real estate agent's pitch is designed to get you excited to work with them. Read on to learn why you should be wary of pricing advice from agents looking to land a new client -- you! When a realtor comes to your home to pitch their service to you, they know that by promising you they can sell your home for more than other agents are say

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  • Each year, the National Association of Realtors produces a study that shows how buyers found the home they purchased. The study includes those listing without an agent or realtor, and those listing with. In the most recent survey [http://www.realtor.org/sites/default/files/Highlights-NAR-HBS-2013.pdf], it showed 11% of buyers found their home through a yard sign or open house.  So should you use a for sale sign? YES! Let's take a look at some more details. The fact that more than 1 out of every

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  • Get advice from industry expert, Zillow CEO Spencer Raskoff, on how to analyze your list price, how to determine when to change your price and how to maximize the impact of price changes. Spencer Raskoff, the CEO of Zillow, wrote a book called Zillow Talk. In the book, he devotes an entire chapter to analyzing pricing. He cites that the biggest mistake home sellers make is leaving room to negotiate. He writes that you should not price your home above the fair market value. Here's an excerpt:

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