When you make the decision to sell your house, there are many things that need to be done in order to list it, and to be successful at it. There is nothing worse than listing your home, and having it sit there with no movement for what seems to be forever. Here are some helpful hints to get you on track when it comes to listing your home.
Firstly, and this may seem like a no brainer – you need to make sure that your house is up to par for listing. This could mean little things like cleaning up house, grooming your landscape, de-cluttering the garage, small things that over time accumulate and are usually left for rainy days that never happen. Along with this, getting your OWN home inspection done is always a good idea. You’ll be able to either rest assured that your house is good to go, or you will know in advance of any defects that may deter people from buying.
Secondly, it’s important to have your property evaluated by a professional. Sure it’d be great to list your house at whatever price you fancy – but that wont help you, and realistically, although profiting off of the sale would be ideal, it may not be as realistic as you had hoped. There are many factors that can affect the value of your home, and understanding them upfront will help you realistically set a reasonable price point to work from.
Thirdly, time it right. There are obvious hot peaks for houses to sell, and people to move. If you are selling a family home, you need to time it right so that the move would happen in the summer months. Homes that go up for sale in the winter, sometimes sit for ages before there is even a nibble. Timing is key, so make sure that you are aware of the recent trends.
Once you are almost ready to list your home, it is important to know how to present your home to potential buyers. While they wont be buying your furniture or knickknacks, it is of utmost importance to stage it right. Tricks on how to make small spaces seem bigger, and how to brighten a room, or take attention away from something are all things that need to be done when you successfully stage your home. Professionals can help you with this, and I highly recommend it.
The last thing that you can do to prepare yourself to list your home is to decide if you are going to sell it by owner – or if you are going to go through an agent. There are pros and cons to each side, however when it comes to someone who is inexperienced when it comes to marketing, negotiating, and closing deals, I highly recommend going through an agent. They can help you with all of these steps, and help you get your house on the market at the right time for a quick sell. They have a professional network of people that can help you get things in order, before, during and after the process.
Either route you decide to go, listing your home for sale is a process that should not be taken lightly. There is a lot of work that goes into it, and a lot of time invested. Good luck!
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