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5 tips for Selling your Boat

Oct 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

There's never been a better time to sell your boat. Demand is the highest been in ages as people are looking for safe, socially distanced activities they can do. Summer may be over, but the warm weather in SoCal never ends, so get your boat listed ASAP! Here are 5 tips to help you with a speedy sale.

1. Looks Matter

The way your boat looks can win over buyers. From the minute a customer sees your boat, whether online, or in person, you want them to be impressed by how great your boat looks! A freshly cleaned and decluttered boat makes a huge difference in the selling process, not to mention, people often associate poor looks with poor mechanical upkeep. Here are some things you should consider doing while your boat is on the market:

  • Do a deep interior and exterior cleaning. Enlist the help of a professional detailer if you want your boat to really stand out. Get the boat waxed, have the carpet cleaned, examine caulking, remove dirt and grime from the engine room and bilge, replace dock lines and clean cords and wires. Look at your boat through the eyes of the buyer and try to notice the small details. All these little things add up to make your boat more sellable.
  • Remove personal items. Buyers need to be able to envision themselves as the owner of your boat. Your personal items, like clothes and pictures, should be removed before listing.
  • Declutter. Make sure that cabinets, dressers, pantries, and storage compartments are empty, and throw out any trash. When storage areas are crammed with junk, it makes the boat look like it lacks space!
  • Consider Staging. You do not want clutter or personal items on the boat, but you also don’t want it to look barren. By adding decorative pillows, centerpieces, pictures, fresh bedding and towels, you can add some extra charm for buyers.
How a broker can help: 

When you spend every day selling boats, you learn exactly what buyers are looking for. An experienced broker will go through your boat with you and give you suggestions on what you can do to improve your chances on the market. They will notice the things that you have overlooked and can give you advice on how to fix them.

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