6 Must-Know Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

By Home Bay

Posted on September 2nd, 2022

The idea of listing and marketing your home may be overwhelming, especially for first-time home sellers. But the process doesn’t have to be difficult! Keep reading to learn how to make your home sale as easy and stress-free as possible!


  1. Learn Your Local Market:
    One of the first challenges you’ll face when it comes to selling your home is simply knowing how much to list it for. The last thing you want is to price your home too high, because doing so may scare off potential buyers and lead to an influx of lowball offers. To avoid overpricing, take the time to check out recent sale prices for similar homes in your neighborhood to get a better idea of what your list price should be. If you have questions, ask us!

  2. Make it Move-In Ready:
    It’s no surprise that the more move-in-ready your home is, the more interested potential buyers are likely to be. When a new potential buyer takes a look at your property, they are looking for two things. One, whether or not the property meets their needs. And two, how much work the home will need before they can enjoy living in it. If you take the time to repair or fix any small anything that falls into category two before you list, you’ll be more likely to get better offers and have a smooth home inspection.

  3. Stage Your Space:
    Home staging helps make your home appear more spacious, and it helps prospective buyers visualize living in the space. But you don’t have to pay a fortune to get your home professional staged. Instead, you can follow these simple DIY staging tips. With a few hours and a little imagination, your home will be ready to wow anyone who walks through the front door. As you prepare your property, don’t forget about your curb appeal!

  4. Invest in Smart Upgrades:
    If you plan on putting some renovation/remodeling money into your home before you list, research which upgrades will yield you the best return on investment. Some of the best home improvements include:

  1. Consider Professional Photos:
    Listing your home is a bit like creating a dating profile. When potential buyer scroll through new listings, they decide whether or not to click and learn more about each property based on it’s “profile picture”. That’s why we strongly encourage all of our sellers to have professional photos taken. A professional real estate photographer knows how to capture your home in the best light and use strategic angles to create the impression of more space. We’re so convinced it’s a worthwhile expense that we pay for pro photos for all of our sellers.

Selling your first home doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to success.

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