Military homes are different from regular homes not on the basis of the building, but on the basis of buyers. Military homes are listed exclusively for purchase by members of the military, unlike regular houses that anyone can buy. While there is not much difference in the house itself, the difference lies in the way you present your home to appeal specifically to military men and women.
When preparing the house for sale, there are many things one needs to take care of to make the house presentable enough. We will list the top ten tips we think is important to keep in mind when selling a military house in order to be on the path to a successful and quick sale.
1. Create a Detailed Listing
One of the most effective ways to sell a house is by listing it online via a property listing site. The best way to list military homes for sale by owner is to put it on a specialized site that only deals with the military home listing, instead of using a general property listing site. This way, you can be sure of getting only military buyers. When listing the house, make sure to include every detail there is about the property, such as amenities, exact neighborhood, area of the property and interior details.
2. Setting up the Landscape
When buyers pull up to your house, the first thing they will see is the landscape surrounding the house such as garden, porch area or lawn, whichever is present. Military men and women are used to being orderly in almost everything, and if these are not set up in an orderly manner, it might not make a great first impression on them, and the deal may be lost even before it can begin. Hence it is important to tend to the landscape and tidy things up to make it look more presentable.
3. Painting the House
No matter how tidy and orderly the interior might look, if the paint is chipping off at corners and the color looks old and dull, the house will lose a lot of appeals. If the paint is coming off at places or the house hasn’t been repainted in over a decade, it is essential to repaint the entire house (both interiors and exteriors) to give it a breath of fresh air and give the house a complete makeover. You can also use this opportunity to choose different colors for interiors and exteriors as per as the trends in the neighborhood and increase the appeal of the house.
4. Get a Real Estate Agent
Many sellers are of the opinion that creating a military housing listing by owner online is sufficient, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Selling a house includes a lot of legal work, exchange of documents and signatures, and this requires professional assistance. Hiring a real estate agent is crucial for successful sale of your house, for the agents not only help bring in more potential buyers through their connections, but they will also deal with all the legal jargons concerning the sale and transfer of property related documents and papers, helping you focus only on making the house more presentable and working on repairs.
5. Post High Quality Photos Online
Creating a highly detailed listing isn’t enough; you also need to post a lot of high quality photos to appeal to buyers. Most potential buyers who use military listing sites to browse for their dream home make their decisions based on how the house looks in the photos. The photos of the house should only be taken after every repair, repainting and renovation work is done on the house. Decorate the house a bit so that the photos turn out great, and use high quality professional photos to make the house look exceptional. It might be a good idea to hire a professional photographer for better results.
6. Cleaning and Disinfection
Even if the house looks impeccable on the outside, if it is dirty or crawling with roaches and insects, the buyers will take off without a second thought. It might be hard to spot dirty marks or insects living at the innermost corners of the property, hence consider hiring a professional cleaning service in order to clean the house thoroughly. They also will take care of any pests and get rid of them, leaving your house looking spotless and new like. As we know, the first impression is the last impression and making your house as perfect as you can definitely land you sufficient buyers.
Following all these tips before clicking photos and posting them online can help potential buyers sway their decisions in your favor. If you are planning to sell your military house, it’s better to get started as soon as possible and set up the house perfectly, create an online listing, post photos and wait for potential buyers to contact you.