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Tips for First-Time Sellers at Lake Martin

Lake Martin Home SellersIf you would like to sell your Lake Martin home this fall, allow us to share some tips on how to prepare your lake home and yourselves for a home sale. If this is your first time selling, or even if it’s not, there are some road bumps you can avoid with proper planning, to save you time, money and energy. As your Lake Martin real estate team, allow us to fill you in!

Here are some steps you should take to prepare your Lake Martin home for a sale:

1.  Do an assessment on your home. Whether you hire a home inspector, invite some honest friends or neighbors over, call up your real estate agent, or just look at your home with neutral eyes, notice what needs to be fixed, upgraded, organized or cleaned. Look at your house as if you’re seeing it for the first time. It’s easy to overlook issues you’ve been living with for years!

2.  Complete minor upgrades. If your Lake Martin home doesn’t require any major overhauls, consider what small projects you could complete to set your home apart from others and to really add visual appeal. Examples include giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, updating the light fixtures or cabinet knobs, and replacing old sink faucets.

3.  Focus on curb appeal. When selling a Lake Martin home, you know that prospective buyers are interested in Lake Martin! Therefore, focus a lot of attention on the curb appeal of your home, and how accessible your outdoor space is. Set up your backyard with inviting patio furniture. Clean your fire pit and set chairs around it. Keep the landscaping groomed. Consider painting your front door.

4.  Prepare for sacrifices. As a Lake Martin home seller, you may need to make sacrifices. For example, you might have to sacrifice nights or weekends at home, so that prospective buyers can see the home at times most convenient to them. You might need to negotiate on the price, or what accessories you leave with the home, or your moving timeline. Prepare in advance for things like this that come up.

5.  Hire a Lake Martin real estate agent! It’s a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean that sellers don’t need the help of an agent, especially in the luxury market. Typically, the sooner you can sell, the better the offers will be. An agent can answer your questions, help you stage your home to sell, give you honest stats about the current market, offer you advice on pricing your home, show your home to as many buyers as possible, and negotiate on your behalf.

Selling your Lake Martin home is a big deal. It might be the biggest financial sale of your life! When ready to sell, or if you have questions, contact us, The Haynie Team! We will answer your questions and guide you through the entire home-selling process in the Lake Martin real estate market.

Becky Haynie, Associate Broker / Realtor
Lake Martin Realty

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