Don’t put your house on the market until you read this

In some ways it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to move out of Carlsbad. As one of San Diego’s nicest North County beach communities, the area is home to nice houses and terrific coastal views of The Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, the housing market is finally turning around, and sales are competitive once again.

However, if you’re a seller who’s been out of the game for a while, you may be surprised to learn that selling tactics have changed just a bit. The fundamental concepts to getting the best price from the right buyer are still the same, but check out these tips that reflect the current state of the market.

Get strategic with your price tag

Conventional wisdom suggests that you should price your home a bit higher than you think it might be worth. This way, you have room to negotiate with buyers. However, experts now recommend the opposite. Instead, they suggest you price your home below your idea of a fair price. The strategy here is that, if your home is genuinely a good deal, the low price will get buyers who may otherwise be reluctant to jump at the bargain. And if it appeals to one, it’s bound to appeal to another. Hence, a bidding war is born. Eventually, you just might get more than you thought possible.

Upgrade carefully  

It stands to reason that most homes will need repairs over time. If you have a list of light cosmetic, electrical or plumbing fixes that need to be covered, you should take care of them before you place the home on the market. If you have the budget, time and help from the most skilled plumber in Carlsbad, then maybe investing in a full bathroom upgrade will help. Boyd Rogers can assist you in a remodel, whether you live near Legoland or The Carlsbad Raceway. Nice bathrooms are sure to add value to the home.

However, don’t go overboard. While a washroom with modern sinks, showers and fixtures is a good idea, completely re-doing the kitchen may prove to be more effort than it’s actually worth.

It’s all about that curb appeal

Achieving great curb appeal in Carlsbad isn’t that difficult. The neighborhoods here are lined with classic San Diego-style homes. Yards feature healthy grass or rock gardens while stucco exteriors add a cool southwest aesthetic. But sometimes letting maintenance slip over time is a little too easy. While fixing outstanding plumbing problems like clogged drains and leaky faucets is important, we shouldn’t neglect the yard. Many of us tend to neglect cracks in the exterior and faded paint jobs. If you really want to impress buyers, put effort into presenting a beautiful home, starting with your front yard. Just adding a fresh coat of paint and trimming the hedges can go a long way to leaving an impression.

Speaking of impressions – first impressions are everything. Despite some modern updates to the home selling process, this is one that will forever stay permanent. People make up their minds about your house within seconds. So make people want to buy before they even walk through the door.


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