It’s certainly not a secret that selling a house in Hawaii can be one of the biggest transactions you ever make in your life. Being a homeowner — and a home seller – is serious business.
However, before you begin marketing your house and showing it to potential home buyers, there are a few things we’ve learned here at Oahu Home Buyers to help increase your chances of selling your house faster and for a better price. Let’s dig right in.
Sell Your Hawaii House Faster By Doing These FIRST
Remove Clutter and Take Down Some of Your Family Mementos
You may want to take an afternoon and make your home a bit less personal by removing family photos and other items that make it your true home. Gone are the sports medals, the magnets on the fridge and the celebrated children’s drawings. I realize this may feel weird and possibly even frustrating, but please understand that a potential buyer wants to create their own memories, not buy yours. Believe me, this isn’t always easy — but it’s something you need to come to terms with if you really want to increase your odds of selling your house successfully.
The following are more ways to prepare to sell your home:
Price it Right
While you may have a set selling price in your mind, be sure it’s in line with its actual market value. I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you that home sellers often overestimate their home’s value. Remember the definition of value –> only what someone will pay for it.
Potential home buyers also have access now to more online real estate information than ever before. They’re informed; they know the comps and that means they have a pretty good idea of your home’s market value. Research has shown that over 90% of home buyers start their search on the internet. If you’re asking for the moon, you’ll have a hard time getting someone to meet your price.
NOTE: If you’re looking for a more accurate value of your Hawaii Hawaii, we can do it for you. We buy houses in Hawaii and know our market very well. We would love to give you a no obligation cash “as is” offer on your house and a very accurate home valuation so you know what other buyers may pay on the open market. Just call us, Oahu Home Buyers, at 808-377-4379 or submit your property information to us through the form through this link here >>.
Make the Property More Enticing
Depending on market demand, uniqueness and quality of renovations, your home may attract immediate attention once put up for sale. In fact, studies have shown that over 70 percent of potential buyers will see your home within 3 to 6 months of it hitting the local market. However, if for some reason your showing request are lacking or your open houses are more empty than full, then there are some steps you can take to make your home more appealing….
- Improve your yard… make sure the shrubs, plants and overall yard are neatly arranged and trimmed. Add some fresh flowers here and there for some color pop and vitality.
- Handle any obvious repairs yourself and repaint your house if need be. Yes, it’s money upfront but you’ll get it back and more because buyers will have a much better impression of your home.
- If you have high quality furniture, consider including it as part of your sale. You can always buy new furniture.
The thing about most “retail” buyers out there is that most of them have a hard time getting past the less attractive parts of a house. Yes, they can repaint it after they buy… or they can redo the yard… but a first impression is a lasting impression… and some buyers just can’t get past that initial ugly visual. That’s why you don’t even want them to think about it.
Don’t have the money or time to do the improvements or repairs yourself? It may take a while to sell a house that has been neglected over the years or just needs work. But, local Hawaii Hawaii home buyers like Oahu Home Buyers, we can buy your house fast, for cash, and you won’t have to do any repairs yourself. We’ll take care of it all, on our dime.
If you’re interested to see what we can pay for your Hawaii house, fill out the form on the next page here >> .
We’ll make you a fair cash offer within 24 hours. No obligation. No rush.
Hire a Professional Home Inspector
Getting a home inspection done before you list your property can save you thousands of dollars as well as time and energy. You know your buyer’s going to want one, so don’t let them be the one to surprise you with all of the deferred maintenance items — get it handled now.
If you need a referral of a great local Hawaii home inspector, shoot us an email or give us a call at 808-377-4379 and we’d be happy to give you some names of reputable inspectors who can help you out.
Get All the Paperwork in Order
Seller disclosure forms, documentation of previous repairs and upgrades, current service contractors, etc. — these are all important. Have them ready to go to keep your buyers interested.
Selling A House In The Local Hawaii Real Estate Market Can Be…
… difficult if not impossible if you don’t have your ducks in a row.
If you’re having a hard time selling your house as quickly as you want… consider doing some of the things I mentioned in this article to make your house more attractive to potential home buyers.
Also, if you need to sell your Hawaii house fast and are having a tough time doing so… connect with us.
We buy local houses. We can pay cash for your house, pay you a fair price we both agree on, and get you out of your current house in as little as 14 days rather than having to wait months and months to sell your house the traditional way.