Beautiful neighborhoods featuring mid-century style homes minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii are a huge draw for people in search of Hawaii Kai homes. The numbers reflect just how desirable Hawaii Kai real estate has become: The market has trended up nearly 28% year after year. If ever there is a time to consider placing your Hawaii Kai home on the market, it is unquestionably now.
The larger question looming for you may not be about whether you should join the other Hawaii Kai homes for sale but associated more with what, exactly, selling a home entails.
Acclaimed realtor and Oahu native Pamela Maeda has several answers for you. Read on for her ultimate guide to selling your home in one of Honolulu’s loveliest neighborhoods.
Understand the costs involved
- Home inspection
- Repairs and upgrades
- Cleaning fees
- Staging fees
- Professional photography and drone footage
- Marketing materials
- Commission costs (realtor and broker)
- Escrow fees
Secure a stellar real estate agent
Search for a realtor who has a solid handle on Hawaii Kai–not just its immediate appeal but also its history, idiosyncrasies, and predicted future.
Enlist the services of a licensed and reputable home inspector
Home inspections are part of a buyer’s “due diligence,” but you will have far more leverage if you choose to have an inspection performed before your realtor announces your home is for sale. In doing so, you will gain a greater understanding of your home’s worth and flaws, and can elect to either have renovations completed prior to putting your home on the market or figure the cost of repairs into your asking price. What’s more, you may gain buyers’ trust by demonstrating that you have anticipated one of the most pressing concerns that arise in real estate transactions: The condition of the home and the immediate and imminent care and upkeep it requires. Remember to keep a detailed list of all of the upgrades and repairs you make.
Ask for recommendations for high-quality stagers
While Hawaii is a seller’s market with many deals being done sight unseen (and with cash, no less), showcasing your home at its maximum potential is a must to ensure you receive offers from the most qualified and attractive buyers. Speak with your realtor–and friends and family members who have recently sold a home on Oahu–to obtain recommendations for top-notch home stagers. Be sure to inquire about their training, the median price of the homes they typically stage, their rates, and photographs of homes they have professionally arranged.
Maximize your landscaping and your home’s exterior appearance
Lush landscaping is one of the biggest draws of homes in Hawaii; and while you may be content with your yard’s appearance, now is the time to give it a facelift–whether it means planting new trees for additional shade or implementing fresh flowers. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), up-leveling your landscaping can potentially earn you 10 to 15% more than homes with untended-to surroundings. Further, superbly-kept, even enchanting landscaping can lead to a dazzling first impression—and increase your chances of buyers putting in a solid purchase offer.
Additionally, consider other ways to bolster your “curb appeal”: powerwash your home, patch up the paint (unless you’re going for the full monty when it comes to home renovations and planning to paint the whole exterior), update your front door, and, if you have a pool, ensure it is in pristine condition.
Emphasize Hawaii Kai’s appeal
Make your home move-in ready
Pamela Maeda is a pro when it comes to achieving just that. As one of Honolulu’s leading real estate agents, she brings her far-reaching experience and in-depth knowledge of Oahu to all of her business transactions. A trusted partner and consummate negotiator, she specializes in Hawaii Kai real estate and can guide you through the selling process. Book a consultation with her today to kickstart your real estate journey.
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