Selling Your PA Country Home

Want to sell your Pennsylvania country home quick? Of course you do. Every seller dreams of a buyer walking in, offering them more than asking price, and closing in 30 days. Although this may happen, unfortunately it’s not the norm. However, there are some easy things you can do to help buyers think twice about your home, and it won’t break the bank.

Statistics show that more houses sell in the spring and summer than the other two seasons. It gives parents a chance to move while their children are out of school, and the weather is conducive. So, if you have time on your side, waiting to list when the weather breaks, may put more money in your pocket at the end of the process.  Although, there are also advantages to beating everyone else to the punch, and ultimately you and your realtor will work together to figure out the best time to list.

For those that don’t have the option of waiting, there are many things a seller can do to ensure a buyer doesn’t turn around and leave upon pulling in the driveway. First, curb appeal. Make sure the outside of your house is just as good as the inside. Fresh paint on the shutters and new mulch in the flower beds can mean the difference between a loss and a sale. Winter time? Make sure the driveway is plowed and your walkways aren’t slippery. The front door should be easily accessible and not blocked by snow and ice. Spring time and you aren’t sure which flowers to plant out front? Statistics show that yellow is the go-to choice.

How about those outbuildings? Make sure they have a fresh coat of paint, along with replacing any broken or worn boards. Also, check that any fencing on the property is in tip-top shape. If you have horses or other farm animals, mucking the stalls and adding a fresh layer of bedding is a nice touch right before a showing.

So, you get the buyer through the front door, what’s next? Sure, you love the pictures of your family hanging on your walls, but to a buyer, it just reminds them that someone else lives there.  Switching them out for some abstract art, handmade paintings, or even a nice sconce to lighten up a dark hallway, are enough to help buyers imagine themselves living there.

Got pets? The best bet is to make it look like you don’t. There are plenty of country home buyers who are animal lovers, but there are some who are not. The sight of your furry friend could have a potential buyer turn and walk out the door. And, what about the smell your pet leaves behind? You may not notice, but to a new nose it can be quite a turn off. How about simmering some apples and cinnamon on the stove for a good 30 minutes before a showing? Our sense of smell is very powerful at determining our moods, and it just may be an added bonus in getting buyers to hang out a little while longer. That extra ten minutes could have them signing on the dotted line.

At the end of the day, you are marketing a piece of your past. It is emotional, tiring and going to be one of the biggest decisions of your life. It may be someone else’s house in the future, but it will always be your home in your heart. Depositphotos_12359049_xs