There are a number of advantages to listing your house with a local real estate agent. In stronger markets they are able to get a higher selling price, they can help you navigate the process and provide valuable insight when reviewing multiple offers. But there is a great deal of preparation that goes into all this.
And there are downsides to living through the process. Having perfect strangers parade through your house when you are still living there is not the least among them. Keeping everything spotless and immaculate like the set of a movie production is work, let’s face it! But how else to sell it?
Learn how to sell your house without any property showings or hassles – it can be done!
Sell Your House Without Any Property Showings
Dealing with property showings can be one of the most agonizing aspects of selling your house with a real estate agent. Opening your door to stranger after stranger and letting them walk through your home can feel intrusive. It is your home, after all, and here they are passing judgement. Below, we offer several tips to help you sell your house without any property showings right here in Houston.
Utilize An Open House Instead
If you decide to list your house on the Houston market and don’t want to deal with showing after showing, you may want to consider organizing one big Texas-size open house instead. This will allow you to show the property to a number of potential buyers all at once. Generating a large crowd to see the house may also increase a potential buyer’s urgency to buy the property right away. Prospective buyers will take note of others showing an interest, and this in turn could create the feeling that the house is in high demand, helping you to get an offer, or multiple offers, more quickly. On the downside, it takes a good bit of preparation to create some buzz and attract the crowd, and if your realtor is able to do this, then you have a major event to prepare for. And hosting an open house will hopefully mean a lot of strangers (buyers) wandering through your house all at once. This could create the potential for items to be rummaged through or even go missing. Many homeowners feel and intrusion of privacy when having so many people parade through their homes, so if you do decide to host an open house, you may decide not to attend yourself. Simply think it through and make sure that you have planned accordingly.
Create Outstanding Virtual Tours
There are times when a home seller here in Houston may try to sell the house sight unseen. My wife and I relocated here to Houston from abroad, as do many couples, and I can tell you from experience that many of these buyers are short on time and need to find what they are looking for quickly. Some are prepared to put offers on the house they want right away, just as soon as they find it. In this case, in order to sell your house without any property showings in Houston, you will need to create impeccable virtual tours. Hire a professional company to create video walkthroughs, with professional quality video. Drones can be used both inside and outside of the home to provide a bird’s eye view of the property. If done right, it will create the sensation of having seen it in person. Even if the buyers are not quite ready to buy sight unseen, it puts your house first on the list to visit, and the buyers show up ready to make an offer on the spot. In Houston, particularly with all our international ties and oil and gas industry professionals, this scenario plays out every day.
If a person is buying your house without a property showing, they will want to know as much about it as possible in order to make a smart decision about how to sell. If the house has any sort of defect, you will need to make sure that your potential buyers know all about it. Of course, you will want to highlight the great things about the property, but in order to sell ethically and keep your buyers happy (and you out of a lawsuit), you will need to disclose all the information you have about the house whether it is good or bad.
Have An Inspection Done In Advance
One way to tell buyers what they need to know about a property without seeing it in person is to hire a professional to perform a proper inspection. Go ahead and do this in advance so that the results of the inspection can be shared with potential buyers, helping them have confidence in what they are buying. You will know what has been checked out by an inspector, what has been repaired recently, and what it will cost to fix up the property. It also allows you to address items of concern before they can scare away or dissuade a prospective buyer.
Sell Your House Directly
As a seller, you may benefit greatly from choosing a direct sale – particularly if the house is dated, or if it is in less than pristine condition and needs some degree of renovation or upgrades. Pretty houses get multiple offers, but not every house is in the perfect ready-for-sale condition. Some houses that lack the immediate appeal just take longer to sell. And you may not have the time or resources, or the desire even, to go through that process. If this is your situation and you have a house in Houston that you need to sell quickly without all the effort and expense, then please give us a call.
While we will likely come to see the property in person, we do not ask you to fix it up or do any of the cleaning. You can leave it as dirty as you want as we see past that to the true potential of the home. You don’t even have to take everything with you – just leave behind what you no longer want. We’ll take care of it. We will handle all of the details, making the selling process as simple as possible for you.