Going into Southwest Florida’s spring selling season, to say 2020 isn’t your typical year would be a massive understatement.
Traditionally, springtime is when real estate buyers and sellers rub their eyes and emerge from hibernation, but current public health concerns have left potential buyers and sellers a bit hesitant.
We get it.
There’s a lot of uncertainty out there. But, the fact of the matter is that life goes on, and so does the real estate market - there’s a reason real estate agents have been declared an essential service. No matter what’s going on in the world, people still need to relocate for work, downsize after retirement or liquidate investments.
And we’re here to help!
Here’s how to sell your Venice, FL home quickly in 2020.
Make Sure You’re Ready to Sell!
This may seem a little elementary, but it could potentially save you time, money and stress down the road. Things can move quickly and selling real estate requires a commitment, you don’t want to invest your time and effort and then reconsider at a critical juncture.
We recommend carefully assessing your position before listing your property. Are you emotionally and financially ready for what it entails.
Emotionally yes - for many, their homes are a point of pride and most likely the biggest investment they’ve ever made. It’s not something to given up lightly.
Does it make financial sense to sell? You’ll want to make sure that you have enough equity built up to cover closing costs and come out ahead with enough to invest in your next home.
Get your Home Sales Ready
This is where we employ the 3 Ds - declutter, de-personalize and deep clean.
Declutter and take this opportunity to rid yourself of a few knick knacks that are taking up space. This has the dual benefit of making your home’s interior feel more roomy as well as saving your back some strain come moving day.
This advice isn’t new - depersonalizing does wonders for allowing potential buyers to authentically picture themselves living in your home. This means removing family photos, trophies and other items that make it feel like someone else lives there.
Lastly, the deep clean is a no-brainer and a necessity.
Clean like you’ve never cleaned before. Simply put, you want your home to be displayed in all its glory and in the best possible light.
Upgrade the Little Things
Take a walk through your home and identify any small things that could use a touch up.
Don’t go crazy - we’re talking about small items that while inexpensive will have a large impact in making your home’s interior feel fresher and more modern.
Here are few ideas to get you started:
- A fresh coat of paint in key areas
- New, trendy lamps
- More modern light fixtures
- Updated cabinet hardware
- A brand new shower curtain
It doesn’t have to cost a lot, but these are the things that get noticed.
Price to Sell
This is another no-brainer, but truly takes some brainpower to work out properly.
Consult with your real estate agent at Gulf Shores Realty. They’ll have a good grasp on what homes generally go for in your neighborhood and we’ll be able to work with you. You want a price that will be satisfactory to you but also won’t turn away potential buyers.
Aside from the obvious, be sure to take stock of the current state of the market, as well as any renovations that have been completed on the home to set it apart from other similar properties. You most likely won’t fully recoup your investment, but any improvements you have made should definitely be taken into account.
Home Staging Has Never Been So Important
Given the current state of world events, the way your home is presented in listing photos and videos has never been so important.
With in-person, open houses a big no-no for a lot of people out there, viewing your property virtually is not only the new trend, but will most likely be how your property is viewed most.
Going back to getting your home sale-ready, properly staging, cleaning and showcasing your home in the best possible light has never been so important. You want each photo that appears online to be a stand-out.
Take It to the Next Level
Beyond traditional listing photos, agents are finding new ways to showcase properties online - through videos, 3D tours and live virtual property tours.
Gulf Shores Realty is proud to offer Matterport 3-dimensional property tours to all our listing clients. This is a service that only 8% of active listings from the Venice MLS take advantage of, so it’s a great way to stand out.
Matterport virtual solutions utilize a 9-lens camera to create a truly unique user experience, allowing full 360 rotation. Buyers can simulate an in-person property tour from the comfort of their couch.
If you'd like to learn more about how we can effectively list your Venice home in 2020, please contact Gulf Shores Realty online or call 941.488.6644 today!