Although most people associate websites with businesses whether they be restaurants, IT related companies, e-commerce stores, etc. or even personal sites like an online resume or some place on the web to store family pictures or mailing lists with their own domain and email address, more and more people are looking to boost traffic to their physical home by showcasing their home via a website. A website of your home is a great investment for someone looking to provide more information than a generic real estate agents site that usually has only a few pictures and some generic descriptions about the square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Here are five tips to help you get a website that could help sell your home even faster:
- Create a domain name that is the same or very similar to your physical address.
By keeping the domain for the website of your home the same as your physical address, the search engines will pick up the site and your site will list higher up when others are searching for information on your home.
- Keep the information clear and precise.
It's important to understand that this isn't the platform to necessarily try unique and new web design tricks. You want your home to be the focal point of the site, not your amazing web development skills. Keep the navigation simple without being overwhelming. Provide as many details as possible about the home, the property, the neighborhood, the amenities, nearby schools, etc. Think about what made you love your home when you bought and try to convey that same feeling when describing your home.
- Pictures, pictures, pictures.
When my wife and I were looking for our home, we would always look at homes that had real pictures. The more pictures the home had, the more likely we were to look at the detailed listing. Take pictures on a bright sunny day so your pictures don't look dark. Take pictures of the outside - front and back. Take pictures of every room, even if they are the same size! Give the pictures some dimension by including furniture as part of the picture (but make sure the room is the focus, not your furniture, however awesome it may be). This is the website of your home, so showcase every aspect of it. Most importantly, make sure to clean before clicking away!
- When you see it
Even though we live in a digital age, almost no one is willing to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars without ever physically checking out your house. The next best thing to lots of pictures is an in-person visit. Provide information on open houses that you may be holding and/or when is a good time for buyers to come and take a look around.
- Contact information
No use in putting up the site or trying to sell your home if it is hard to get in touch with you. Make sure to have a phone number, email address and even an online form to let potential buyers contact you. It only takes one interested buyer to seal the deal.
Follow these five steps to help boost the traffic to your home. Since most home buying experiences start online, a well built website of your home that provides all the key information will surely inform buyers more about your home than the others they may be interested which will hopefully help you close on your next home sooner. If you want help setting up a website quickly, don't hesitate to contact us. Like Rock can get a website of your home up and running within a day or two in most cases. If you are just looking to host your site until your home is sold, check out our no-contract packages that beat the prices of many other contract based hosting plans.
Most of us have probably come across the "bundle everything and save" campaigns and though there are some that truly do make sense to do, sometimes the convenience of one bill is not worth the lack of service or features that bundled packages come with. We often find clients that have their hosting with their long distance company who get extremely few features on their hosting accounts for the convenience of one bill that it makes us cringe on what the big companies are getting away with. In today's hosting community a simple hosting plan should not cost more than a few dollars a month. Though a lot of companies will tie you down with a long-term contract (don't get us started on that!), the cost of getting hosting through a company that focus primarily on serving your website is almost always more affordable than what you can get when combining the service with your long distance or Internet service company. It's also important to note that a dedicated hosting company is going to do everything they can to ensure that you get great hosting service, that's not always the case with companies where the focus is not your online presence. So check your bills and compare how you can save by splitting up your service instead of combining them.
If you are paying more then a few dollars for hosting, try Like Rock out. You won't be disappointed.
Did you know that when transferring a domain to LikeRock, you have to ensure that the domain is not locked at the current registrar? Most registrars will have some variation of the following steps available for you to follow:
- Login to your current registrars (where your domain is registered) website
- Request your authorization code also known as a transfer key.
- Make sure to unlock your domain.
- Once you have your authorization code and have unlocked the domain, sign up for your account with Like Rock and provide the authorization code during sign up. Already have an account with us? Click on the Hosting / Domain >> Add / Transfer Domain option and submit your transfer request.
- Once we transfer process is kicked off, an approval email is sent to the domain owner (you) to confirm that you want to transfer the domain to another registrar.
- If you click on the "Approve" link in the email, the transfer request is sent to your existing registrar to release the domain.
- And that's it! The process can be as quick as 6-12hrs, though sometimes it can take a week. However, on average you're looking at about 24-48hrs for the entire process.
Too much mumbo-jumbo to transfer your domain? Don't worry we do this for a living, so send us your account information at your registrar and we can take care of the entire process for you! We'll even guide you through the process if you have any questions. Sign up now to take advantage of our service!