Selling in a Buyer's Market: What you can do to Stand Apart from the Crowd

A savvy seller in today’s market must be proactive and plan ahead to stand out among the competition. With a larger inventory of homes on the market, a buyer may be inundated with a slew of Coppell homes from which to choose. Therefore, it is in your best interest to take the extra steps necessary to be the house that buyers don’t forget.

The following tips will help you prepare your home for sale in a buyer’s market:

  • Price your home competitively. Now is not the time to play games with the price of your home. Price it competitively - right from the start - to attract more home buyers. This involves collaboration between you and your real estate agent. Research the homes in your area that have seen action in the last six months - that includes active listings, sold properties and price reductions - and use that information to accurately set your price.
  • Improve your home’s curb appeal. If it’s true that most buyers make up their mind about a house within the first 30 seconds, then it’s especially important that you tend to the front yard and entrance of your home.

Creating great curb appeal includes pulling weeds, planting colorful flowers, trimming back hedges and tree limbs, painting shutters and trim, painting or replacing the front door and adding new hardware, replacing or painting your mailbox and repairing any cracks in your walkway or front porch.

  • Clean and stage your home. Give your home a thorough, deep cleaning and then focus your attention on staging your home. Remove clutter and excess furniture, and use the remaining furniture to play up the features of each room. For example, the living room fireplace is best showcased when you frame it with a sofa and two chairs. And the deck furniture works best when it is facing your wooded backyard.

Remember the old adage - you only have one chance to make a first impression!

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