There’s something truly spectacular about life on the coast, and waterfront homes are extremely popular here in Sarasota. If it’s time to part ways with your private slice of paradise, there are a few things you should know before you list.
Work with an Experienced Agent
Did you know that certain agents specialize in selling waterfront homes? Properties on the water often come with unique features (and a higher price tag), so it’s crucial to work with a professional who has experience in this niche market.
As you choose your agent, be sure to ask them about previous waterfront homes that they’ve sold. It’s not a bad idea to inquire about their marketing and pricing strategies, too!
Price Right the First Time
Buyers are often willing to pay a premium for waterfront homes, which means it’s best to price your property right the first time. You should try to strike the perfect balance to attract plenty of buyers…but you also don’t want to sacrifice any of your hard-earned equity!
Not sure how much your home is really worth? It’s best to leave the pricing to real estate professionals. Some agents even offer a free home valuation, which can help you get an idea of what your place might sell for.
Know Your Buyer
Selling a home on the water is much different than selling a landlocked property. Most buyers are looking for very specific features, which means you should try to view your home from their perspective.
As you get ready to list, consider what made you fall in love with your house in the first place. Can you see the ocean from your living room? Does your yard have a private dock? Work with your agent to craft a listing that showcases what buyers really want to see, and be sure to keep up with any other waterfront homes that are for sale in your neighborhood.
Highlight Your Best Features
Once you’ve narrowed down your home’s best features, it’s time to show them off a bit! A little staging can do wonders for a waterfront property, and it can even make or break an entire sale.
When staging a waterfront home, pay careful attention to your outdoor spaces. If trees are covering up your spectacular view, consider trimming them back to really wow buyers. Don’t forget to spruce up your patio or deck, too—you can even add a table and chairs to help buyers envision themselves relaxing by the water.
Get a Home Inspection
Although most buyers will request a home inspection after you’ve accepted their offer, it’s also beneficial to have one before you put your house on the market. Waterfront homes are prone to certain issues, such as water damage and rusting, that you’ll probably want to know about ahead of time.
The right home inspector will give you a full report of any repairs that should be made before you list. You might be able to tackle some of these fixes yourself, but don’t be afraid to call in a pro for the larger projects!
Ready to List?
If you’re looking to put your coastal property on the market, the Kotaska Team would love to help you out. We have the tools you need to get top dollar for your home, and our seller resources have all the details you should know before you get started. Feel free to give us a call with any questions!