HHI & Bluffton SC - Seller's Guide
From determining your home's value to closing day, learn more about the home selling process.
The decision to sell your home is a big one. Whether this will be your first time on the selling side of the real estate process or you’ve done it several times before, we would love to assist you with the sale of your home. Our trusted RE/MAX® agents can help you navigate the process and help answer any questions you may have.
What's My Home Worth?
When you are selling your home
A serious buyer will make an offer if they’re interested in your home. Before you decide, you should consider the proposed purchase price, their financial paperwork, contract contingencies, earnest money deposit, requested move-in date, and offer expiration date. You can either accept, reject, or counter when you get an offer.
Once you decide on an offer and the contract is fully executed, the buyer will have time for the home inspection and any other due diligence listed in the contract.
During this time, you will decide who your attorney will be. Your agent will send them the contract, confirm EMD with the buyer's attorney, and order the CL 100. report.
Your attorney will contact you for the documents they need and schedule the closing. They will inform you of items that you need to be aware of, such as; prorations of fees, mortgage payoff amount, legal fees, South Carolina withholdings, etc. The settlement statement willbe drafted a few days prior toclosing for your review.
Sell your home in Greater Hilton Head IslandSelling your home can be easy. Let our experienced staff help you make it happen.
RE/MAX Island Realty is a team of local real estate experts ready to reveal the secrets of how we can help you sell your home. From setting the price to creating marketing campaigns for traditional media and the Web, we’ve got a proven plan that will match your home with the right buyers for the right price. We are committed to fast, professional, and courteous personal service to help you understand and feel at ease throughout the home selling process. Our trained and certified agents specialize in the Greater Hilton Head Island real estate market and are prepared to sell your home to the right buyer for the best price.
SIMPLE UPGRADES THAT MAY INCREASE THE VALUE OF A HOME FOR SALE
A few DIY cosmetic upgrades can drastically alter the appearance of a home and help catch the attention of interested buyers, increasing your return when the home goes from ‘for sale’ to ‘sold.’
Looking to sell your home in the near future? Small investments in the aesthetic of the property could add value and increase the ROI – even if the renovations aren’t too costly.
With springtime underway, consider these DIY-friendly upgrades for a space refresh just in time to sell.
Paint the walls
Wall color preferences are personal, and statement choices like bold paint colors or accent walls can help people express their personal style within their home. Unfortunately, prospective buyers may not share that affinity for such boldness – and it may shape their view on the home in its entirety.
Consider repainting the interior walls a soft, neutral color. The coherence can help a home feel larger, and will present the space as a clean, blank canvas for an interested buyer to personalize.
Resurface kitchen cabinets
Often seen as the heart of the household, kitchens can be a make-or-break feature for prospective buyers. Unless they are planning on remodeling prior to move-in day, new homeowners will want a kitchen that is functional and at least moderately upgraded.
A quick and budget-friendly way to give your kitchen a makeover is to resurface the cabinets. Refacing them structurally and/or with a new coat of paint will update the overall appearance of the kitchen and can turn older or basic cabinetry into a more custom asset.
According to The Spruce, resurfacing cabinets can cost 40%-50% less than replacing kitchen cabinets altogether, making it a great option for sellers.
Shape-up outdoor space
From patios to grassy yards, outdoor space is an in-demand feature these days – especially heading into the warmer months. With grass growing green again and flowers beginning to bud, frame any outdoor living space on your property to look like a relaxing sanctuary.
Arrange existing patio furniture in an inviting way. Inexpensive outdoor additions include hanging Edison bulb string lights, planting flowers in pots and adding a weather-friendly rug under tables or chairs to frame the space. And remember, the greenery and landscaping in a backyard can make a home look more polished and sell for higher value – read up on why.
Stage with buyers in mind
In addition to thoroughly cleaning, refine any clutter or personal mementos inside the home. Simplifying the space will help it appear tidier and larger.
Working with the furniture and décor you already own is easy and free. As you assess what items line shelves, decorate the sofa and accent the bed, consider what you – the seller – would be thrown off by when touring someone else’s house. Also remember to highlight the space by opening up curtains and maximizing natural light when it’s time for showings.
Boost curb appeal
It doesn’t have to cost much money for the outside of a home to look welcoming and well-cared for. Make sure to mow the lawn and tend to any other greenery that may have overgrown or died in recent months. Adding items like a new welcome mat and planters beside the front door are low-cost ways to make a big impact on the home’s external appearance.
To give the exterior a more drastic makeover, consider repainting the front door for a pop of color. A pro tip is to paint the framing of the storm door outside as well for continuity.
Marketing Your Property
Our RE/MAX agents have access to advanced technology and marketing strategies, and have the knowledge and expertise to help sell your home. A few highlights include:
Online Listing for Your Home
Online listings feature information specific to each property and the surrounding area, as well as a property image. An invaluable marketing tool, the property image gives potential buyers an instant preview, which saves time and visually sparks interest.
Prospective buyers will be able to access the same great search technology available on our website while on the go! Our home search app is available for both iOS and Android devices, increasing the opportunity for your home to be shown to potential buyers anywhere and at any time.
We have advanced marketing and digital strategies that can help drive more traffic to your listing. The RE/MAX network of agents is one of the largest in the country and can be a great resource for spreading the word about your property by word of mouth, online marketing, and other advertising opportunities.