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Being a part of an active adult community is a great way to continue living independently, meet new people, and enjoy resort-quality amenities. Unfortunately for some, it’s not a long-term option. Life happens and sometimes putting your house back on the market is the best choice to make. Here are some things to consider to make selling your home in a retirement community.
Some places have restrictions on who is allowed to live there so ask your agent or community association if there are any in place. Sun City is an age-restricted community (at least one of the home buyers MUST be 55 or over), so your pool of potential home buyers is going to be smaller than a traditional neighborhood. However, you can use that to your advantage. Georgetown is home to plenty of senior citizens with the census estimating about 30% of residents being over the age of 65. That’s just the permanent residents, there are thousands of snowbirds that flock to Texas during the winter months. One of the top cities for overwintering is Austin which means that Sun City (just 30 minutes away) is in a perfect spot for people looking for warm weather but quieter living away from the city. Learn when most vacationers will be in town and increase advertisements to reach more potential buyers.
Snowbirds are also often looking for low maintenance homes to live in for a few months then leave and lock up. Which makes homes in retirement developments perfect because they are usually smaller than normal houses and require less maintenance. Though Sun City doesn’t provide housekeeping there are neighborhoods that include front yard maintenance. That way owners can relax knowing their front yards will always look good even when they are away.
You should also keep in mind that the age restriction also means peace and quiet from young residents. People under 19 can’t live in Sun City full time, making it good for crazy visits with grandkids but then relaxation once they go home.
When selling a house that is a part of a planned community, it’s important to mention what the Homeowner’s Association does and what the fees cover. At Sun City, each household pays about $1000 a year and the fee covers the use of all amenities in the development (except golf). The HOA takes care of maintaining the amenities and the common areas around the community. They also schedule and host the two annual garage sales that residents can take part in, and as many as 3,000 shoppers come by so it’s a good time to get rid of any unneeded stuff.
Active adult communities are a wonderful place for people who are new to the area or want to meet other seniors. Potential buyers will love that Sun City features a full calendar of events, club meetings, festivals, and outings. These make for great opportunities to meet your neighbors and enjoy their hobbies.
Finally, when selling a home in a retirement community it’s important to keep your house’s personality. When staging, you still want to clean up and make everything look nice but if you take away too many personal touches it makes all properties look the same. Since there is already a demographic looking for retirement houses, you want to make your home stand out. Retirees who are far from family might like seeing family photos or drawings on the fridge to remind them of home.
Selling your home is emotional, you are leaving somewhere that you cared about and made memories. But that doesn’t mean the process needs to be stressful. With help from a real estate agent and these tips, your Sun City house can sell quickly and you can get some money in your pocket.
Getting your Sun City house ready to show can be one of the most stressful parts of selling your house. But making your house look good doesn’t have to be a chore; here are some easy tips to make your house eye-catching to buyers and some mistakes to avoid.
When you first decide to sell, take the time to talk to your real estate agent and show them around. They are the experts and they can point out what might make your house look better to potential buyers and help you decide if there is any remodeling that should be done before showing.
Clutter is a big no-no when letting people tour your house (besides no one wants to move with stuff they don’t need anymore). Go through your closets, bins, garages, and anywhere else that tends to accumulate junk. If you have kids who don’t like the idea of getting rid of toys, try turning it into a positive experience. You could set goals for the number of things they get rid of or host a garage sale and let them keep the proceeds of what they decide to sell.
Once you’ve thinned out unneeded items it’s time to start remodeling. Renovations are not always needed but getting everything up-to-date will ensure buyers aren’t scared off by a big project right as they move in. Talk to your agent before deciding on changes because they may disagree. What you can do is complete all unfinished projects, that way buyers see a complete house. Simple fixes like a fresh coat of paint, new grout, or some new lighting fixtures are a few things you can do to give your house a facelift.
You will be having people walking and looking through every inch of your house so cleaning is an important step. Trying to clean everything at once can feel daunting, so take it room by room. If you have multiple bathrooms try deep cleaning all of them then designate one for daily use, this will keep the others clean and give you less to do on the day of showings. Be creative when you need to hide everyday clutter (toys, mail, clothes) on showing day by using empty suitcases, totes, or even just the trunk of your car.
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The way your house looks from the curb can make or break it for some buyers, so roll up your sleeves and pull out your gardening tools. Give any hedges or bushes a trim to make them look tidy, put out planters to decorate your walkway, and plant flowers to spruce up bare beds. Your front door could also benefit from a fresh coat of paint, choose a color that is bold to catch the eyes of buyers as they walk up. And you should never underestimate the power of a good pressure wash to make driveways and walkways shine.
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Now it is time for staging, you may want to hire an interior decorator but here are some tips for DIY-ers. Opening all interior doors and blinds will light up your home and make it feel bigger and more open. Change out family photos for abstract art, accessorize with throw pillows and blankets, and bring in some fresh flowers to add pops of color. When designing remember that less is more, buyers want to see themselves in the house but might be turned off to decorations that aren’t their style. Appeal to other senses when showing your house by baking cookies, lighting a candle, or bringing in flowers to make buyers feel at home.
After all your hard work your house is now ready to show, so it’s time to take a deep breath and let your agent take over. If you want to go the extra mile, take your family on a small vacation to keep the house clean while you get to relax.