Four Apps and Websites You Can Use to Help Sell Your Home
If you’ve ever sold a home, you know that the process is much harder than just selling a home. There’s the stress, the unknown, the inspection, the financing, the moving, and, above all, the preparation for each one of these steps that makes life pretty taxing. In this season of life, anything that can make your day easier is an option worth investigating.
The four apps we’ve listed in this article each have their own unique way of providing the double benefit of saving you time and helping you sell your home.
GreenPal: On-Demand Lawn Care
In a perfect world, your home would go on the market on a Friday and you accept an offer Saturday evening after a wildly successful open house. Usually, that’s not the case. In 2017, homes stayed on the market an average of three weeks. Assuming your home is on the market is around a month, you might forget that your grass is going to be growing all that time.
And, if you’re living in a state where it rains often during the spring and summer months, your yard is going to rise up at an impressive rate.
Should you find yourself in an emergency and need your law cut down to size before a highly interested buyer comes by, GreenPal is an option for on-demand lawn care both for realtors and FSBO owners.
Zach Hendrix, co-founder of GreenPal, said one of the app’s users is a real estate agent in Nashville who uses it “before every showing that she has.”
“Typically the mowings on our system cost $25-$30 and she credits the GreenPal system with being able to help her with quick turnaround on ordering mowings at the last minute for a showing,” he said.
As far as the app’s reviews go, iTunes customers give it an average of 4 stars, while Google Play users give it an average of 3.1 stars.
NextDoor: Great for Recommendations and Word-of-Mouth Interest
This app/website has been around for a long time and is popular among homeowners. What makes it a great resource for those selling their home is that you can use it for a variety of different purposes. The power of the site is that you can get community recommendations from people who (presumably) have used the services they recommend.
For example, there’s a good chance your home has a litany of little things that need to be fixed before you run an open house. Going to NextDoor to get suggestions for a handyman is a great way to use the app. What’s nice about it is that, since you’re getting crowdsourced information, you don’t have to worry about receiving emails or phone calls from companies that get your information when you sign up for sites that provide contractors or subcontractors.
Another way that NextDoor can benefit you is the word-of-mouth it creates when you let people know that you’re selling your home. In some cases, people in your neighborhood may have friends who are looking to move into the area and like the idea of knowing about a home before it goes on the market.
Homes.com: An Extensive Resource for Real Estate Agents
One thing that you may not know about our site is that we provide you with an extensive list of real estate agents in your area, which makes us one of the most extensive resources for finding someone to help you sell your home.
When we were on the hunt for a home in the spring of 2017, we really had no idea how to find a real estate agent aside from hitting up open houses and then choosing the Realtor we clicked with the most. That method didn’t work out for us, as we had to break-up with our first agent.
The second agent we found was by pure luck. He ended up being an excellent advocate for us and, within a week, we put our offer in on a home. And, as it turns out, he’s included in Homes’ list of real estate agents in Jacksonville, Florida.
This app started out as a way to catalog all your personal belongings (contents) so that, in the event of a fire or other disaster, you’d have a detailed list of all the items that were in your home before the disaster destroyed them.
However, the app is far more useful than that, says HomeZada founder John Bodrozic. You can use the app as a digital history of everything from home maintenance (it creates a schedule for you) to the owner’s manuals for all the appliances in your home.
“Sellers can even highlight previous home remodel projects that they have completed,” Bodrozic told us. “And best of all, the seller can digitally transfer this information to the successful buyer so they inherit all the digital history required to manage and maintain the home.”