Charleston and the surrounding area’s have an extremely healthy real estate market that is as of right now working out tremendously for sellers who have prepared their home and priced it well. With a mild climate and a fabulous location on the East Coast, it is a very popular destination for many desiring a family oriented place to live. This historical and charming city offers both older construction and newer constructed homes. If your home is currently on the market and hasn’t sold within 30 days, it’s time to examine why.
Review Your Listing
Does your home have curb appeal? When a buyer drives up to view your home, is it pleasing to the eye? The grass must be cut and shrubs must be trimmed to show well. The front door must also be clean and welcoming. Consider your curb appeal as your home’s try-out with buyers. If it doesn’t pass the first impression test, chances are the buyers will not be back. If your home doesn’t look inviting from the street, it will be much harder to entice a buyer inside.
Once a buyer makes it inside, is your home immaculate? Is it updated and does it smell fresh and appealing? Have you gotten any feedback from other realtors who have shown your home? Perhaps it should be taken off the market, just long enough to give it a new coat of paint and update the floors or replace an old appliance. If it smells musty or other odors are taking effect, make sure to remedy the situation immediately.
Is the Price Too High?
Your home must also be priced to sell. If it’s too high, then the buyer will use your home to compare with others that are priced right. You are helping another home to sell. Perhaps it would be helpful to view your competition. Drive by the homes in your area that are in your price range and have similar amenities to yours and compare prices.
Is Your Agent in the Know?
Has your real estate agent marketed your home correctly? Without exposure, your home will get unnoticed and can sit on the market indefinitely. It is very important to list with an agent who is familiar with your neighborhood and knows your market. Your agent should have a well-designed website that is easy for buyers to find. Has your agent held an open house? If you feel your agent hasn’t done a good job marketing your home, then maybe it’s time to interview other agents and give someone else an opportunity to sell your home.
With a healthy market in Charleston, your home should have sold or at least had an offer within the first 30 days of it being on the market. If the results so far are not what you had hoped, then it’s time to evaluate your home.
For more information about selling your home in and around Charleston, SC please don’t hesitate to contact us.