Real Estate Tips November 10, 2023

The McVey Group’s Top Tips for Selling Your Home in Chicagoland

Home Selling Tips

Hey there, Chicagoland homeowners! If you’re thinking about selling your home in the beautiful neighborhoods of Chicagoland, you’ve come to the right place. I’m Jake McVey, Bolingbrook’s Realtor, and the proud owner of The McVey Group at Coldwell Banker. I’m here to share some invaluable tips to help you navigate the real estate market and achieve top-dollar for your property.

Setting the Stage: Preparing Your Home

Before you even think about listing your home, it’s crucial to get your property in tip-top shape. In Chicagoland, especially in towns like Bolingbrook and the Southwest Suburbs, convenience and well-maintained homes are highly valued. Here are some key steps to ensure your home is ready to shine:

  1. Home Staging: Make your home look its best. Declutter, rearrange furniture, and add some eye-catching decor to create an inviting atmosphere.
  2. Home Repairs: Attend to any necessary repairs, whether it’s fixing those leaky faucets, those pesky squeaky doors, or any minor cosmetic issues.
  3. Curb Appeal: First impressions matter, so keep your home’s exterior looking its best. Well-maintained lawns, fresh flowers, and a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference.
  4. Deep Clean: A sparkling clean home is more attractive to potential buyers. Consider hiring professional cleaning services for a thorough job.

By making your home move-in-ready, you’ll stand out in the market and be in a great position to negotiate for top dollar.

Pricing it Right

Pricing your home correctly is a critical piece of the puzzle. To determine the right price for your Chicagoland property, consider the following:

  1. Market Analysis: My team and I specialize in the local market. We can provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA) to understand current market conditions and recent sales in your neighborhood.
  2. Competitive Pricing: Be realistic about your home’s value. Overpricing can deter potential buyers, while underpricing can lead to financial loss.
  3. Price Adjustments: Be open to adjusting your price if your property doesn’t generate interest after some time on the market.
  4. Incentives: Consider offering incentives like covering closing costs or providing a home warranty to sweeten the deal.

By pricing your home appropriately, you increase your chances of attracting serious buyers and achieving your desired sale price.

Marketing Your Property

Effective marketing is the key to attracting potential buyers. Here are some strategies to consider:

  1. Professional Photography, Drone Photography, 3D Tours, and 2D Floor plans: High-quality media can make a significant difference. We work with top-notch photographers to showcase your property in the best light.
  2. Online Listings: We ensure your property is featured on all popular real estate websites and the local MLS, maximizing its exposure.
  3. Property Videos: We pride ourselves in showing your property in it’s best light, this includes videos made for social to capture more online attention.
  4. Social Media: We leverage various social media platforms to showcase your property to a broad audience.
  5. Word of Mouth: We tap into our extensive network to spread the word about your property.
  6. Highlight Local Amenities: We emphasize the convenience of your location, such as proximity to schools, parks, shopping, and transportation options.

Navigating the Selling Process

Once your property attracts potential buyers, we help you navigate the selling process:

  1. Negotiation: We’re here to guide you through negotiations, ensuring you get the best deal while protecting your interests.
  2. Offers and Counteroffers: We review offers carefully and make counteroffers when necessary.
  3. Appraisal: We work to ensure your property appraises for the agreed-upon sale price.
  4. Contract and Closing: We handle the legal aspects of the sale, working closely with a real estate attorney to finalize the purchase agreement.

Closing the Deal

The final steps of selling your home involve closing the deal:

  1. Final Walk-Through: Before closing, the buyer typically does a final walk-through to ensure the property is in the agreed-upon condition.
  2. Closing Costs: Be prepared to cover your share of the closing costs, which can include fees for title insurance, escrow, and other expenses.
  3. Sign the Papers: At the closing, both parties sign the necessary documents to transfer ownership.
  4. Hand Over Keys: Once everything is finalized, you hand over the keys to the new owner and say goodbye to your home.

Now, a little about us: The McVey Group at Coldwell Banker is proud to be one of the top real estate teams in the area. Born and bred right here in Bolingbrook, no one knows this community like we do. With our deep local knowledge and dedication to your success, we’re here to be your trusted partners in your home-selling journey.

If you’re ready to sell your home, reach out to us today. We’ll provide you with personalized advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs.

Best of luck with your home sale, and here’s to a seamless and prosperous journey!