Is 2019 the year you’re going to sell your North County San Diego home? Then it’s time to start preparing. Becoming aware of the local market and creating a game plan is essential to a successful home sale. Here are some of our top tips for selling your home this year.
Clean and declutter
Does your house still look like a holiday storm blew through? If so, it’s time to clean and declutter. The holidays can make our homes a little chaotic, with lots of gifts and décor to manage. But a messy home is a big turn-off to potential buyers. They want to be able to picture themselves in your home, which is nearly impossible if it’s filled with your personal mementos. The first thing you should do if you are preparing to sell is to remove clutter and neutralize your space. Box up all those holiday items and put them in storage.
You’ve probably stopped noticing your squeaky floors or the dripping faucet in the bathroom. But you can bet that it won’t escape the attention of prospective buyers. Now is the time to make all those small repairs you’ve been putting off. This includes patching holes in drywall, fixing loose door handles, and replacing burnt-out light bulbs. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make sure it’s a good one.
Know the value of your home
Do you know the value of your home? Knowing what your North County home is worth in the current marketplace will help you strategize your sale. You can find out the value of your home for free in just 30 seconds. Our home valuation tool will give you an accurate estimate of what your home is worth so you can see how it compares to others in the neighborhood. This will help you decide what improvements you may want to make before you list.
Set the right price
Once you know the value of your home and you’ve researched comps, it’s much easier to set a competitive price. Interest rates for home loans increased in 2018 and are expected to rise again in 2019. Those who are in the market for a home will be more aware of prices because mortgages will be more expensive. You’ll want to keep this in mind when setting a price. Working with an agent who is an expert in the market can give you valuable insight when it comes to finding just the right listing price for your home.
Cater to your buyers
According to Realtor.com’s 2019 National Housing Forecast, millennials will comprise the largest segment of buyers. In fact, they’re expected to account for up to 45 percent of mortgages. Comparatively, Gen Xers will make up 37 percent and Boomers only 17 percent. When you’re marketing your home, consider who the buyers will most likely be so that you can cater to their tastes and interests.
Contact The Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team
Finally, the best thing you can do when you’re ready to sell is to partner with an agent who has a proven track record in North County. The Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team have sold one home every 3.3 days since 1997. Please click here or call 760-758-1211 to speak with one of our agents. We love real estate, and we’d love to help you sell your home!