When you are selling your home, you want potential buyers to be impressed with your home. Nowadays, you don’t have much time to decorate the place before you start looking for buyers. They may have already checked it online, long before you even stepped into your home.
More people are watching online than ever before. According to the National Association of Realtors, 98% of older Millennials use online websites to find their homes. When it comes to online real estate, Zillow is one of the most popular websites to search. Tap or click here for the best sites to price your home.
The only problem is that these websites often provide incorrect market prices, which can deter buyers. Luckily, there are a few ways you can improve the appearance of your property on Zillow.
1. Claim Your Property
The “Zestimate” of your home is Zillow’s best estimate at market value. It is calculated through a formula used by the site, which affects public and private data. Thus, the fastest way to get more accurate Zillow’s market value is to sign in and update facts about your home.
First create a Zillow account. Then, type your address into the search bar and tap More, which drops down a list of options. Tap on Verify your ownership to claim your property.
Now that you’re in, it’s time to fix Zillow’s errors to get a more accurate Zestimate.
2. Make sure the square footage is correct
When you look at homes on Zillow, you see the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the year it was built. Zillow also includes the type of home (if it’s a single-family home or a duplex, for example) and lot size.
Zillow details can contain incorrect square footage details, especially if you have remodeled your home and installed features. Once you’re logged in, you can improve listings with up-to-date information.
3. Consider for Sale by Owner
Realtors are life savers, but commission costs can drain you. If you want to list your home without the help of a real estate agent, here’s what to do. Update your listing and tap For Sell by Owner (or FSBO).
According to Zillow, 49% of people selling their homes without a real estate agent want to save money, while another 34% already know a potential buyer. This option is a great way to save money in the long run, and you can change your mind at any time.
For now, list your home as an FSBO to see what types of offers come in. Try the really high pricing to see what happens. You might be surprised to see how much people are willing to pay!
There is only one warning. You will find many people who want to list the property or give you a moving estimate. If you’re going this route, we recommend that you get a Google Voice number so that your actual number is not posted.
Google Voice not only gives you a phone number, but it also lets you forward calls, accept voicemail, and even receive text messages. Tap or click here for five ways to take advantage of Google Voice.
4. Add 3D Home, Download Zillow 3D Home App and Add Virtual Tour
Here’s another useful tip when you’re trying to get your home up for sale. The Zillow 3D Home Tours app gives buyers the best impression of your property, including accurate floor plans and measurements. It feeds panoramic photos and stills into Zillow’s artificial intelligence machine.
This way, potential buyers can get a comprehensive idea about your home without stopping. The best part is that it is free to use and easy to make. Plus, listings with 3D Home Tours get almost two times more average views than homes without this feature.
5. Email Zillow to this super-secret address
If you’ve made several changes and you don’t see them reflecting, contact us at: email@example.com. This may take some time, so if you think you might be interested in a sale at any time in the future, email now while you’re thinking about it. You don’t need to wait until you’re actively selling to do these things.
If you’re selling a home that’s loaded with smart home technology, we have some specific tips for you to keep in mind. First, you need to decide which smart devices you want to leave behind and how to secure the ones you do. Tap or click here for our complete guide on buying or selling a smart home.