Good news (at least, I hope!). Late last week someone submitted a contract for the house I have for sale. This came just 11 days after I listed it and the offer was just shy of 95% of my asking price - an asking price which my agent suggested might be too high.
I know not to count my chickens before they hatch, but with closing scheduled before September 22nd and a buyer with pre-approved financing, I am very optimistic. How'd I do it?
- The house was immaculate. Even though it was just four years old, I had new carpet installed and personally repainted most of the house. I also detail-cleaned the place, all the way down to scrubbing the grout between the tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- I made a good first impression. I invested a fair amount in new landscaping, fertilizer and sweat equity to make the front yard look inviting. I also bought a nice welcome mat.
- I did a few small things inside to spruce the house up. I bought new white towels for the bathrooms, a new shower curtain for the shower, and obtained expensive soap from the Hyatt (that's a picture of it above...it's my favorite).
- My agent was extra aggressive for me. She called agents she worked with before (which ultimately lead to the sale), sent a mailer out to the neighborhood, and created a unique website for my house.