Tips for Selling on the Outer Banks

sell-home-obxThe Outer Banks is called home by thousands of residents and by even more who own vacation homes. Its pristine beaches and fun atmosphere beckon many vacationers to the sandbar off the coast of North Carolina. Many visit, but some fall in love enough to own a vacation home or move permanently to the Outer Banks. Over time for various reasons, current owners reach a point where they need to sell their Outer Banks home. Making your home stand out among the many choices on the Outer Banks is a necessity. Here are some tips to sell your home quickly and at asking price on the Outer Banks.

List with a company with a strong online presence: Today’s buyer is not picking up real estate books or flyers off the street. They are going online to research the area and find homes for sale. Finding a real estate company that implements a strong internet marketing strategy and that is seen as the authority for real estate on the Outer Banks is ideal. This will maximize the traffic visiting your home online and at your door.

Move clutter out of your home: If the garage is filled with boxes or there are toys throughout the home, it is recommended to unclutter your area. If you have moved into another home, move the items into the new space or purchase a temporary storage unit. You want to put off the best image of the home possible and clutter may make the home feel cramped.

Finish home projects before buyers walk in the door: Does the paint look shabby on the outside because of weather? Are there shaker shingles missing from the siding because of a nasty storm? Replace and touch up any outside damage to provide the most appealing vision of the home. The same goes for the inside; any projects left unfinished should be completed. If your home has lots of bright colors, it may be a good idea to tone down the walls to a more neutral color. You may love the colors, but the potential home buyer may not.

Provide information for potential buyers: What does the average electric bill run at the home in summer and winter? What about when the home is at maximum capacity? How much are property taxes for the home on average? When were the appliances upgraded? Are they Energy Start appliances? These costs are taken into consideration by buyers when looking for a home. Providing as much information upfront for the potential buyer can alleviate many concerns and gain the trust of the buyer that this home will be everything they expect.

Evaluate the current market locally and nationally: No matter the home, market trends can affect the selling price. The economy can cause a change in the supply and demand for homes in the area and can cause your price to ebb and flow. Although the national economy may be down, homes on the Outer Banks often are still in demand. Look at other comparable homes on the market and use this to help gauge potential asking prices.

Get an appraisal for your home: You loved your Outer Banks home, but it is time to move on. Because you loved your home, you may have a higher selling price in mind than what it is actually worth. Get a third party appraisal of your home to ensure you are able to offer a price that is in the market value to help sell as quickly as possible.

These are just a few things to consider when choosing to sell your Outer Banks home. Contact one of our expert team members to determine the best plan of action or you and your home!

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