Are you planning to sell your home this year? The market is still strong for sellers in the Reno-Sparks area in the under $600,000 range.  Read more about the Reno real estate market. Before you start envisioning multiple offers and a subsequent bidding war, consider the following tips for selling your home. 

1. Trust your Realtor on the list price. Experienced real estate agents will know how to price your home. Typically, buyers overestimate the value of their home because they know how much each home repair cost and have sentimental value tied up in it. Trust your agent on this one. 

2. Don't take your own listing photos (unless you're a professional photographer). Your agent will likely hire a photographer to take professional photos of your home. We can almost guarantee that those professional pictures will showcase your home better than the pictures you took on your iPhone. Unless you have photography experience, a professional is your best bet. 

3. Don't trust home valuation websites. Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, Redfin and other websites can give you an "estimate" of your home. Those aren't always accurate. If you want an actual home valuation, give us a call at 775-453-4568. We offer complimentary home valuations for homeowners who are planning to sell. 

4. Be respectful during home showings. If you're really interested in selling your home, it's best to leave when potential buyers are there. Not only is it uncomfortable for buyers to have the homeowner following them from room to room, but they likely won't feel comfortable asking their agent questions about the home- which may effect their decision to buy. 

5. Take your agent's requests seriously. If your Realtor recommends painting your lime green kitchen a neutral color or replacing your 20 year old carpet before you list, it's for a good reason. That goes for picking up clutter, cleaning up the yard, or making small repairs around the house. Remember that your Realtor has your best interest at heart. They want to sell your home too! 

6. Know that you may have to negotiate. Even if you receive a full-price offer, you may end up negotiating. Often, things show up on the inspection that sellers would rather negotiate into the sale price rather than repair. Your Realtor will be a valuable resource should inspection issues come up. 

7. Be prepared to keep your home show-ready. Some showings will be last minute. No one expects your home to be immaculate all the time, but a pile of dirty dishes in the sink and a house that smells suspiciously of Fido won't have the same effect as a comparable home that's sparkling clean and free of odor. Have a 10-minute clean-up plan for those last minute showings. 

8. Pack up your personal items. Tasteful family photos are fine if you're comfortable with leaving them out. A fridge covered in your cat-themed magnet collection are less so. You want potential buyers to feel at home in your house. Pack up items that might make buyers uncomfortable or that clutter the best features of your house. 

If you have questions about selling your home in Northern Nevada, please contact us. We have worked with homeowners across the Reno-Sparks area and would be honored to assist you in selling your home as well. 

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