If you are getting ready to sell your house, but the neighborhood isn’t that great, don’t get discouraged. With the help of a real estate agent and some clever advertising, you still have hope for getting your asking price. Here are some ways to help sell your home when you don’t have a good location going for it.
You might have loved your location because you made it work for your needs. You might have adapted to the distance from a major city because you were able to catch the Galveston to Houston shuttle for work trips. You may not have minded the limited access to grocery stores because you are a workaholic and often grabbed a bite at the office.
If you really want to appeal a wide range of buyers and be sure someone else notices the potential in your home, it is best to work with an experienced real estate agent. Selling your home on your own and in a rough neighborhood will be difficult. Using an agent with former sales and a strong history in the area can help improve your home’s closing potential.
Even if you can’t control the area where your home is, you can control what it looks like. Consider planting a privacy screen of trees and shrubs along the property line to help improve the home’s privacy. Planting colorful flowers, a fresh coat of paints, and a pressure-cleaned driveway can also help your yard sparkle from the road. Try to keep the attention on your home rather than what is going on around the rest of the neighborhood.
Be upfront about potential sticking points with your home and property. Identify potential problem areas in your photos and be sure to tactfully address them in your description. Focus on the nicest areas of the home and steer attention away from the eyesores next door.
If you are ready to sell your home, it is time to get to work. Think of all the reasons you love your location, and try to make them appeal on a buyer’s market.