Top 4 Tips for Selling Your First Home

You’ve bought your first home…now you need to sell it. You have experience buying a home, but you’re a first-time home seller! If you’re wondering where to start, here are our top four tips for selling your first home.

List at the Right Time

If it’s convenient for you, try to put your home up for sale in the spring. Homes tend to sell for top dollar, especially in Gold Country, during late spring and early summer. The golden foothills are lush and green and you can often get the most bang for your buck with great professional photos and sometimes drone photos of the surrounding natural landscape. Buyers are hitting the market actively looking for homes in early spring to make a summer move so timing can make a big difference in how many offers you will get, how quickly your home will sell, and how much it will sell for.

Price Your Home Fairly

It can be tempting to list your home at top dollar (because you know it’s worth it!), but it’s actually advantageous to list it at a more conservative—but fair—price. Buyers often study the market for months to educate themselves on home values in your area. You also want to price well and get as many buyers interested in seeing your home as possible.

There are a few things you can do to make sure you list your home at a fair price. Do research on comparable homes that have sold in your area or have us work up a comparative market analysis for you. If you make sure they are similar in size, features, and condition to yours, you can get an idea of a fair price. A home appraisal is also a good idea at this time. This will help you to decide on a listing price, and it will help buyers feel confident in making an offer. If this all seems overwhelming, don’t worry! As your real estate agents, we can advise you based on our experience and knowledge in the local market.

Staging Your Home

If you’ve never sold a house before, you might not know how to go about staging your home. When you’ve gone to open houses, we’re sure you have noticed that the homes are clean, inviting, and simple. Less stuff means more space, which is always a plus when marketing your home. Ensure that your home is not cluttered with your personal belongings or overly unique decor. This is because your prospective buyers need blank and neutral space in order to picture their own family and belongings in the house. For more details about how to stage your home, read our blog post 4 Mistakes to Avoid when Selling Your Home. We can also advise you and create a detailed list of improvements and editing of items and belongings that you can do to help make your home show in the best possible light. 

Advertising Your Home

Appearances are everything, in-person and online! Most of your prospective buyers will find your home on the internet, and the photos accompanying your listing will create the first impression. It’s always worth hiring a professional to take photos of your home and property. The better the pictures turn out, the most attention your home will get online and the more interested buyers you will have.

We at The Smith Home Team and Team French pride ourselves on using the best photographers in the area and will include a drone package for you as well. When applicable we will offer twilight photos, virtual 3D tours and professional videos as well. Another way to make your advertisement successful is to list it on multiple MLS’s sites and websites. There are many popular real estate websites, and your listing will reach the most people if it’s posted on several of them. We also do extensive paid advertising on social media and listing sites and home buying forums. 

Remember that when selling your first home, you’re not alone! You don’t have to figure out everything on your own but you do need to hire an agent who will do EVERYTHING possible to get the most exposure for your home. We have a team of professionals from marketing to administration services to help you. To get set up with Team French to sell your first home in Gold Country, contact us at (209) 303-7637 or teamfrenchsells@gmail.com. My daughter and I can’t wait to meet you and get started!

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