- 8 years ago
We’re under contract on a house and the house that we’re buying had 3 other offers, currently has a back-up contract and the seller had to take down the sign because people were walking through the yard and looking in the windows. The following was our seller’s strategy and things that stood out to us:
1. She had an assessment done BEFORE she put it on the market so she knew what she could go down to; she priced the home at $30k ABOVE the assessment value and then dropped the price $5k weekly until it was at the assessment value; that weekend she received 4 offers (including ours) and went under contract. We ended up having to pay asking price due to the bidding war.
2. The curb appeal was gorgeous! She put in amazing flower beds that were very small and manageable but she picked large, beautiful flowers that were bright colors so they had high impact. She painted the house last summer and had the roof recently replaced.
3. The inside was impeccable. Everything was nice and neat, no clutter. For her, no clutter was: hiding remote controls and all electronics except for the TV, no family pictures, no magnets or anything on the fridge, etc. etc. There was literally nothing on any surface that looked like someone lived there besides food in the pantry and if you opened the fridge. Pretend your house is a B&B and set the rooms up as if someone was paying good money to stay in your home for a week.
4. Her kitchen was outstanding, but the pictures online were actually a little grainy. When we toured the house and saw how much better the kitchen looked in person, we were so excited! I know people have said to take accurate and clear pictures, but in this case, our expectations were low and then the real life home blew them all away! So I would take accurate and clear pictures, but don’t take it from angles that make the room look bigger or whatever than in reality, in fact, make it look a bit smaller or darker or something slightly less than reality.