There are various reasons to why boat owners put their beloved watercrafts in the market. It could be downsizing, relocation which basically renders the boat unusable, a change in hobbies and interests, etc. Whatever your reason is, it is necessary that you take careful, proper steps to make the most out of your boat sale.
So how do you go over selling a boat?
Make your boat look good.
Show a good product. Clean your boat in the inside and out. If possible, do minor repaints and repairs to make it presentable to interested buyers. Fix easily reparable part issues such as broken lightings or a rusted hinge. Polish the aluminum, clean the bilge. Your boat’s appearance can make a significant difference in the final sale price of your property.
Make a good ad.
Show good photographs – those that show the boat’s features properly. You may do it with natural light or with the help of some lighting tools. It should be adequate but not too much. Compose your photos showing the boat’s various parts. Also, if you are going to post-process the photographs for promotional purposes, see to it that you do not overdo editing. The photos should still represent the actual condition of the boat.
Keep your things.
When you get an ocular inspection, prepare by taking your things away from the boat to make it presentable and to give the buyer a feeling of touring a new property. You’d like them to think they’re going to hold ownership of a property. Displaying your personal belongings can kill the vibe and discourage potential buyers.
Tell it like it is.
Generic descriptions of the boat can be helpful for laymen buyers who don’t know much about boats so it may not be a bad idea to state them simply. However, you should also include the specs of the boat to allow those who are more savvy in research and knowledgeable on boats to decide properly based on the technical aspects. More importantly, it is imperative to keep your ads brief. State any existent problems upfront but state them strategically so that you put more focus on the good features of the boat rather than on its defect/s.
If you don’t know the price of your boat, you may use the NADA guide on boat prices. This will help you come up with a realistic asking price for the boat that is backed by market facts and the current condition of the property. It can also give you an idea how much haggle room you can give to your buyer.
A good selling strategy can significantly help you not only get the best price for your boat but also find them fast. Follow these practical steps and put up your own boat advert today.