How to Sell Your Home Quickly in the Crowded Washington, D.C. Real Estate Market
by Bryan Zupan
on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 4:40pm.
In recent months, Washington D.C's housing market has seen an increase in supply, making it more competitive for home sellers.
With tons of great homes for sale, it’s easy for your listing to get lost in the crowd. To ensure that your home stands out and shows up in the hands of potential homebuyers, market it well!
There's no saying exactly how long it will take to sell a home, but a good marketing plan will definitely help sell it faster.
Here are five tips on marketing your D.C. home to make it sell quickly:
Spruce-Up Your Home
When you decide to put your home on the market, the first step is to give it a deep clean.
Scrub down everything—even the most unlikely places, like the tops of your cupboards and your indoor plant leaves. By the end, everything in your home should sparkle.
Although this seems like a simple task, it makes a world of difference when selling your home because the space becomes more desirable to potential homebuyers. A clean home shows that you’ve taken great care of it over the years and it also shows that you’re a motivated seller.
Along with the interior of your home, make sure you prune the exterior. The front yard is the first thing potential homebuyers see when they view your home, so make a good impression.
Mow the lawn and clip back any overgrown bushes. Even the most simplest tasks will make your home more attractive to a broad range of buyers.
Stage Your Home
One of the best things to do when selling your Washington D.C. home is to stage the interiors.
Statistics show that when you stage your home, it sells for around 87% faster and for nearly 17% more than those that are not staged.
With numbers like these, you can’t go wrong! Rearrange the furniture in your home to optimize the space and make it flow. You’ll want to highlight the focal points of the rooms to show off their best features.
It's a good idea to remove any large furniture or items that crowd and clutter the space.
You’ll also want to remove any personal items, like pictures and trophies. When there are too many personal items in the home, it’s difficult for potential homebuyers to envision themselves living there.
Staging your home to appeal to the most people possible will make it more marketable.
Get a Great Real Estate Agent
After you prepare your home for Washington’s real estate market, get a great agent who can help you sell it.
Hiring a Realtor is the best way to sell your home quickly and for the best price possible. A great real estate agent will use specialized techniques to market your home to a wide variety of homebuyers. They’ll ensure that your listing will show up in the hands of the perfect buyer.
Many sellers believe that if they want to get top dollar for their home, they should market it at a high price.
But this isn’t always the case.
In fact, pricing your home at market value or just under will attract potential homebuyers to your property and brew interest. Oftentimes, this strategy creates bidding wars where buyers will sometimes drive up the price even higher than the original listing.
One way to know the value of your home is to look at other homes in your neighborhood. Determine how much your neighbors are selling their homes for. This is a good way to figure out the value of your home.
To know exactly how much you should market your home for, use our online home evaluation tool. All you have to do is input information about your home and we’ll send you a free Comparative Market Analysis.
Also, talk to your real estate agent to come up with a price plan that will sell your Washington, D.C. home quickly and for the highest amount possible.
Broadcast the Listing
Once you’ve prepared your home for the market and priced it right, the next step is to broadcast the listing.
Your real estate agent will use multiple platforms to show your listing to potential homebuyers across the city and beyond. Buyers will be able to find your listing on the local MRIS, social media sites, and the SIG Real Estate Services website.
Our website is specially formatted so buyers can easily search homes with refining tools. They can search homes by location, price, and amenities on our interactive map feature.
When your listing is available to a wide audience, you’re more likely to attract potential homebuyers, so your home can be sold as quickly as possible.
When you list your home with SIG Real Estate Services, you are ensured that your home will stand out of the crowd and sell swiftly Learn more about selling your Washington, D.C. home by contacting us today.