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Improve Your Initial Offers by Making These Changes When Selling Your Home


Selling your home takes a lot of time and energy, which is why it’s important to do the most to ensure a successful sale and receive great initial offers. Although the location and condition of the property may be big selling points, there are extra steps you can take to influence a good deal. To sway a buyer into making a high offer, follow these tips. But first, here’s why you should sell if you live in Washington, GA.

Washington is a small but growing Georgia town that offers great outdoor opportunities for residents in its Clarks Hills Reservoir, like swimming and fishing. It’s also conveniently located next to big cities like Atlanta, Augusta, and Athens. The median list price for Washington homes is stable and sellers may want to seize the financial opportunity the market presents. With this in mind, here’s how you can improve initial offers when selling.

Time the sale correctly


The timing of the sale can have serious impacts on its success and the types of offers you receive. Seasonally, the best time to sell is in spring, as homes across the nation tend to sell faster and at a higher price in the following summer months. This may be because buyers don’t have to worry about factors like a child’s school schedule or winter conditions that make a move difficult. Timing a sale to fit your needs is important too; if you’re on a deadline, you may not be able to wait for the best offer.

Also, time the sale of your home in accordance with the local real estate market. Ideally, you want to sell in a seller’s market, which is when demand is high and inventory is low. Your agent will be your expert guide to getting the timing right.

Work with a trusted agent


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When you’ve figured out the timing, the next step is to work with a local and experienced real estate team. Professionals like Jenny Brown Reville can help you sell your home at a great price. When selecting an agent, pay attention to stats like the agent’s sale-to-list ratio, which is one indication of how well they’re able to price and sell homes. Don’t be afraid to interview a few candidates before deciding on an agent who fits best with your goals and communication style.

An agent will know the surrounding location well and can tell you how much other homes are selling for and which features buyers in the area are seeking. They can also help you prepare your home for a successful listing. They’ll guide you towards making the best decisions throughout the selling process and serve as a valuable resource for any concerns or questions along the way. They’ll also have contacts with professionals like contractors, home stagers, and expert photographers.

Price competitively


To improve your initial offers, price your home competitively. Overpricing your home can minimize buyer interest, leading to the property spending more time on the market. This may also force you to drop the price. A continually dropping price may make buyers suspicious of the listing, which can seriously impact the interest and offers you receive. On the flip side, pricing too high can make it difficult for buyers to find the property online through price range searches.

Your agent will help you price your home competitively and accurately by conducting a comparative market analysis to help you price your home in comparison to similar properties in the area. 

Make repairs


If you’re interested in improving offers on your home, making repairs can increase the value of your property. Ordering a pre-listing home inspection can help you get ahead of any repair needs or areas of concern. It may reveal problems you might not know about, like electrical problems, roofing issues, and foundational problems that you’ll want to address before listing.

Getting a pre-home inspection can also save you time in the closing process, as the buyer’s home inspection will come out clear. After deciding what major repairs to make (if there are any that need completing), you can also fix up any small repairs yourself. This includes projects like replacing leaky faucets, filling up holes in walls, and switching out broken light bulbs, among other tasks.

Consider upgrades


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Another way to increase the offers is to upgrade your home. The median age of Washington homes is 45 years old, so it may be worth upgrading an old light fixture or renovating a kitchen with modern amenities and countertops. Not all upgrades are created equally, which is why it’s crucial to consider which projects to undertake. Your agent can advise you regarding which types of upgrades buyers in the area are interested in to make sure your investment is worth it.

For homes for sale in Washington, GA, renovations in rooms like the kitchen and the bathroom are going to have the biggest impact on the property value. Generally, the projects you take on should have a good return on investment or generate profit. Other ideas for upgrading your home are increasing curb appeal, converting a space into a home office, and expanding your outdoor space.

Market effectively


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Effective marketing also has an impact on how much a buyer will offer for your home. Start marketing by staging your home. It's important your home looks its best for professional photos. If a photograph doesn’t look professional, buyers will be less interested in the property. Your agent will use tried-and-true marketing techniques to increase your home’s visibility. They’ll know to include perks of the location too, like Washington’s Fort Washington Park and the great architectural views of its Historical Downtown.

Ready to sell your Washington home?


Implement these tips to get the best offer for your Washington home. If you need help selling your home in the area, contact expert local agent Jenny Brown Reville to guide you through the process. Reach out to Jenny when you’re ready to reach success!

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Jenny Brown Reville

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About the Author

Jenny grew up the daughter of a forester and Realtor in rural Washington, Georgia. Her love for people and land came at an early age when she began following her father’s footsteps in the woods. Those times led to a lifelong passion of being in the familiar woodlands surrounding her home. Evenings at home revolved around conversations of family, land, and homes.

Jenny was educated at Young Harris College and received her Bachelor’s of Forestry at the University of Georgia. She came home to work with her father and has continued to do so since 1996. In 2000 Jenny began her real estate career and built a clientele ranging from local owners to the Wall Street traded titans of timberland. Jenny resides in her beloved Wilkes County with her family.

Jenny’s longtime career in rural towns and agricultural communities in Wilkes & surrounding counties make her the go to broker for sellers and buyers in Northeast Georgia. Her clients benefit from her wide array of firsthand knowledge in timberland management, cattle operations, and smalltown life. 

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