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If you’re looking to sell your home, you will need to know how to list your property for sale in Costa Rica and list it correctly in order to attract buyers. In this blog, we will discuss the best ways how to list your home. We will offer advice on how to price your home correctly to generate interest from potential buyers. Finally, we will also provide tips on how to clean and stage your home, as well as how to take professional photos.
Price correctly to generate interest
It’s essential to note that pricing your home is the most crucial factor of all. Ensure your price aligns with the current market relevant to its location. You can do this by researching recent sales in the area and comparing the house to similar properties nearby. Regardless of how much you paid for your home and any upgrades, renovations, or wear-and-tear you’ve done, if your house is out of touch with the market value it’s next to impossible to make a sale or even generate interest.
Another thing to consider when pricing your home is how quickly you want to sell it. If you’re in a hurry, you may want to consider lowering your asking price accordingly. However, if you have the time to wait for the perfect buyer, you can set your price a little higher (5%-10% maximum) to test the market. In either case, consult with your real estate agent, who can help you determine the right price for your property based on all the factors.
Once you’ve determined a fair asking price for your home, it’s time to start marketing it to potential buyers. One of the best ways to do this is to list it contract-free on a website like Gap Real Estate.
If you list your property on the market at +15% above the market value you are expected to get a fraction of the showings. On the other hand, if you list it -15% below the market value you should get 50% more showings and interest in your property from potential buyers.
Write a description of your home
When writing a home description, it’s important to be accurate and concise. You should highlight the key features of your home, and mention any recent updates or renovations. By writing about the area around your listing, you can create a great lasting impression. A mention of the closest schools, hospitals, retail centers, beaches, public transit, and tourist attractions will draw the buyer’s attention. Finally, list all pertinent information about your home, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage (lot and construction size separately), price, etc.
Forwarn your tenants when you need to enter
If you’re going to be entering the property to do a showing or take professional photos of your home, be sure to notify your tenants (at least 24 hours) in advance. This will give them time to tidy up any messes and prepare. It’s also a good idea to double-check that all the rooms in the home are clean and staged before the photographer or clients arrive. By following these steps, you can ensure that the home looks its best when it matters the most.
Clean and stage
When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to clean and stage it properly. This means taking the time to declutter and organize/reorganize your space and making necessary repairs. It helps to add or remove furniture and decor to emphasize its best features in a minimalist fashion so the client can imagine their own things inside easily.
To create a welcoming environment and appealing atmosphere, it can be beneficial to make your home look lived in yet inviting. This means keeping it tidy and free of clutter and ensuring that all surfaces are spotless. It’s also a good idea to remove personal photos or things that could make buyers uncomfortable.
Take professional photos
To generate interest in your home, taking professional-quality landscape-style photos is vital! To do this, all you’ll need is your phone’s camera. Nowadays, most smartphones are perfect for this task as long as you remember to clean your lens, shoot in a horizontal format, and use some basic photography skills.
When taking photos of your home, showcase its best attributes. This means taking pictures of any appealing features, such as a fireplace or scenic view. It is best if you held the camera so that your lines are straight, the camera should be angled properly as though it were your own eyes and how you perceive things naturally. And place yourself in the doorways or utmost corners of the rooms so you get the grandest perspective possible.
If you’re not confident in your photography skills, you can ask Gap Real Estate for their professional photography or hire a private photographer to take pictures of your home. This is often worth its weight in gold, as professional photos can help attract buyers to your property.
Finally, if you’re taking the photos yourself, use good lighting to properly showcase it as it can be your best friend or worst enemy if misunderstood. This means properly utilizing the natural light of the sun to complete the picture and vibe you want to portray.
Below is an older video but still relevant with examples of how to take proper real estate photographs:
When you’re ready to sell your home, it’s essential to list it in a way that will generate interest from potential buyers. You can do this by writing an accurate and concise description of your home, taking professional photos, and pricing it correctly in line with the current market. Additionally, working with a reliable real estate agency like Gap Real Estate can help you market your home effectively. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to selling your home quickly and for the best price possible.
-Written by Lawsen Parker of Gap Real Estate.