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Today there are hundreds of free online tools to help you sell your house. These apps and websites add efficiency to your home sale, enabling you to hire contractors, find a top real estate agent, estimate your property value, market your home, and more.
We combed the internet and interviewed a top real estate agent Anthony Marguleas, who’s sold nearly $2 billion in properties, to explore the latest online tools to help you sell your home.
1. Project Color by Home Depot
When selling your home, you need to show it off in its best light … and shade of paint. In HomeLight’s recent Top Agent Insights report, more than 57% of agents recommend painting your interior, and 70.5% of agents recommend painting your front door before listing your home.
The Project Color app by Home Depot saves you time running back and forth to the store for paint samples to slather on the walls. The app uses AR technology to superimpose actual paint shades over your camera’s view of your home. Simply take a photo of your room or choose “live view,” find the color you’re considering, and tap a surface in the image to apply the color for a preview.
Here are a few of the things you can do with the app:
- Browse through a vast inventory of colors from the comfort of your home using your phone
- Get inspired by checking out popular colors or getting advice on mood-setting shades
- Color match by snapping a photo of a shade you love to find the closest Home Depot paint color
- Search for specific color names or numbers
- Purchase paint through the app for pick-up at your nearest Home Depot or delivery
- Save your favorite paint shades in the apps
2. HomeLight Home Value Estimator
HomeLight’s Home Value Estimator provides you with a free home value estimate in minutes. Answer seven questions about your property, and we’ll crunch market data to determine your home’s market value.
To arrive at this estimate, HomeLight examines publicly available data such as tax records and assessments, previous sales price, and current home listings.
The secret sauce to our tool’s accuracy is the information you share about your home’s details and condition. This user-submitted data helps account for your home’s qualitative features that may influence how much buyers would pay for the property.
HomeLight’s Home Value Estimator is free to use on desktop or mobile devices.
3. Open House Wizard
Open House Wizard is a digital sign-in sheet for home showings you can use on an iPad or tablet. When a viewer signs in, their information is uploaded to the agent’s customer relationship management service (CRM) so the agent can follow up after the showing.
Open House Wizard is visually pleasing for buyers, as well. The app provides them with information and photos about the property. When not in use, the app plays videos or slideshows of your home.
Open House Wizard is a free online tool available for Windows, Apple iOS, and Android. For CRM or email upgrades, there is a monthly fee of $10.
4. HomeLight’s agent matching service
Once your home is in tip-top condition, you’ll likely want to find the right real estate agent to help you sell it. HomeLight’s data indicates that the top 5% of real estate agents in the U.S. sell homes for 10% more money than the average agent. Top agents know their territories so that they can advise you on pricing, trends, and more. They also have an arsenal of professional contacts, including photographers, contractors, and interior decorators, to help you present your home at its best.
HomeLight’s Agent Finder is a free online tool that analyzes more than 27 million transactions and thousands of reviews to match you with the best agents for your sale.
All you need to do is answer a few questions about your property details and selling goals. Then we’ll compare local agents’ performance stats like sale-to-list-price ratio, transaction volume, and average days on market to pair you with three excellent candidates.
From there, we recommend that you interview each agent and hire the one whose experience and professionalism you trust most.
If you want to sell your home for more money, it may be worth investing in some pre-listing renovation projects that promise to yield a high return on investment.
HomeZada is a digital home management software to help you track budget, payments, and planning for projects. The software is so clever that it can track home value estimates and show you three-year forecasts and home equity.
The app also keeps you organized. You can maintain an inventory of your possessions for insurance purposes and store important documents like warranties, insurance papers, property tax records, and more.
If some of your home improvement or landscaping projects are more than you can handle, you can use Thumbtack for free to find local professionals that specialize in almost any job you need to get done. Whether it’s house cleaning, home maintenance, remodeling project, or moving, you can find and compare pros on the app with info like reviews and price estimates. You can message and hire professionals directly through the app.
Marguleas observes that buyers want move-in-ready homes. In a buyer’s market, it’s essential to fix up your home to get more interest and better offers. Deals can fall through after inspection reveals issues that sometimes a seller could have addressed before listing.
While you want to be careful not to over-improve, you can’t go wrong with doing basic things like fresh paint, new carpet or flooring, spruced-up curb appeal, and repairs of any broken/non-working plumbing, lighting, or other features. Even some relatively minor repairs can reap an impressive ROI and attract buyers.
If you intend to improve your home DIY-style, WikiHow is an excellent place to start. Because labor is the biggest expense in 9 out of 10 common home repairs, according to a study by HouseLogic, you can save big time by tackling the tasks yourself.
WikiHow features “how-to” articles on all home improvement projects — and just about everything else under the sun. Written by experienced professionals, with input from the community, these how-to guides walk you through projects step-by-step with instructions, helpful illustrations, and supply lists.
8. Simple Sale
HomeLight partners with hundreds of pre-approved direct buyers to provide you with a competitive cash offer on your home. As the name implies, Simple Sale is easy. Just provide your address and answer seven questions about the home type, condition, and desired sale timeline, and we’ll send you a cash offer in days. That means you can skip the hassle of staging, opening houses, and costly repairs.
We’ll also provide you with a side-by-side comparison of your cash offer and what you could earn if you sold your home with a top real estate agent on the open market.
Simple Sale is free to use on desktop or mobile devices.
Centriq is an easy-to-use app that helps you maintain and repair your appliances. Upload a photo of the product label or type in the name and model, and Centriq can provide the appliance’s user’s manual, a list of replacement parts, guides, and how-to videos for routine maintenance and repairs.
In addition, the app stores images of warranties, receipts, and other documents in individualized folders. You can even add personalized notes. This app will also notify you if a manufacturer recalls your appliance.
Don’t forget the outside when you’re fixing up the old homestead. Not only are lawn care and landscaping crucial in attracting buyers, but these projects also bring a high return on investment.
Increase your curb appeal with help from TaskEasy, an app for lawn care. Just answer a few quick questions about your yard and what service you need. TaskEasy connects you with licensed and insured contractors. The online tool shows your prices up front with no hidden fees — there’s even a money-back guarantee.
You can opt for weekly service, biweekly service, a budget package, or a premium package (including weeding, edging, and more).
The iScape app can help you plan hardscape and landscape projects for your front yard and backyard. HomeLight’s survey reveals that 94% of real estate agents consider curb appeal an important aspect of the sale.
The iScape app features design tools to create your plan, letting you see what the finished project will look like before you ever turn a spade. AR technology enables you to virtually place hardscape and landscape items in your yard to preview what finished projects. The app can also help you select the right plants for your hardiness zone, soil conditions, and available light.
You can share the design with friends, family, and even a professional for feedback. When you’re ready to start, you can order all the products through iScape.
The basic version of this app is free, but there are professional versions for a fee. You can download the app for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro through the Apple App Store; currently not available for Android.
12. Facebook Live
Marketing your home on a shareable live-streaming platform is the hottest way to show your property. Facebook live videos generate six times more interactions than a regular Facebook video, meaning the video will appear in more people’s news feeds. With 1.47 billion people worldwide using Facebook, that markets your listing to a sizable crowd.
Launch a Facebook Live video before the open house begins to let people know the event details. You can also give them a quick tour of the home at that time or take questions from viewers. In addition to promoting the event in advance, you can post a video of it on Facebook after the fact.
Instagram now attracts 1 billion monthly users, and Instagram Stories is more popular than Snapchat. Instagram’s IGTV allows longer-form content, making it suitable for virtual open house showings. Using relevant hashtags and keywords in titles and descriptions helps viewers find your content by including your postings in searches.
You can track viewer info through the platform’s analytics; you’ll see where they’re finding your content and, if they don’t watch your entire video, at what point they left. And because Facebook owns Instagram, there are opportunities for cross-promotion.
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