” A handful of patience is worth more than a barrel of brains” Dutch
It is no surprise that patience helps us make better decisions. This is a fact that most of us would agree with on the surface but have often pushed out of our thought process. The media continues to tell us how dismal the market is, how awful our timing is and how distressing our home selling future is sure to be. This has caused many people to not even attempt to get what they want for their homes, jump the gun on offers and assume that something is always better than nothing. And sometimes, it is. BUT sometimes, it is important to realize that just because the market is not moving as quickly or climbing as high as it was before, that does not mean that your home sale is hopeless.
Listen to your gut more than the media. Take an honest walk through your home with a trusted friend or family member and assess what you can do to make it more desirable to your prospective buyers. A quick coat of paint or a little elbow grease cleaning up fingerprints on your walls and trim can make a world of difference. Before you paint an entire room, check out the trim. Sometimes by simply giving the trim a fresh coat of paint, the entire room looks refreshed. Power wash the exterior walls, deck, patio, sidewalks and driveway. Wash your windows inside and out. Plant some flowers. Move all your clutter to a storage bin or have a yard sale and eliminate it all. And, oh by the way, while you’re having your yard sale, make sure and have flyers of your home handy to give out (better still, put one in each bag of items that leaves your yard!) You don’t know who your buyer is, you don’t know where they’re coming from and you don’t know when they will arrive. They might be someone’s best friend who is moving into the area. Also, while you’re having your yard sale, have your spouse or friend ready to take over the sale while you show your home to prospective buyers that might just show up that day thinking they are buying your ‘stuff ‘ and instead buy your home!
Do everything you can to make your home buyer ready. Take advantage of BuyOwner.com to help you reach the most potential buyers in the shortest amount of time, in the most effective way (the Internet!) and also the most cost effective way (No Commission!!) so that you can take your hard earned equity with you. Then, remember the power of patience, realizing that though it might take time to find your buyer, there is a buyer for every home….including yours!