When Selling Your Home, Make the Most of Your Time
When you’ve finally decided that you’re ready to sell your home, it can be a trying and time-consuming process. Even with solid leads on possible buyers, there is still the time involved in hosting the interested parties, making conversation with them, finding common ground, and making sure that everything is still in order. Even though selling your home can be tedious, there are a couple of things that you can do, and other things that you can avoid to make your life a little easier.
DO Hire a Real Estate Agent or Realtor
This will be the main source of most of your stress relief. A real estate agent will be able to help you in ways that you may not have known that you even needed help! For instance, even if your home is clean, you may not have things set up properly for someone who is interested in buying your property. A real estate agent has experience in making homes look like a place in which strangers can see themselves living. It involves some de-personalization of your home, but your agent can give you tips and tricks.
DON’T Buy New Furniture for Yourself
If you’re trying to sell your home, you may choose to invest in new furniture, new appliances, or any variety of new things. Your real estate agent may have recommended purchasing some items to help you better and more quickly sell your home. If this is the case, it is recommended that you take your real estate agent’s advice, but also make sure that you do not use these new items for yourself! This may seem counter-intuitive, but it is for the best – though prospective buyers will be aware that the house is not new, making sure that the house does not appear to be lived-in will always make the home more appealing.
DO Market the Home Yourself
Your real estate agent take the lion’s share of this responsibility, always. However, you agent may have some ideas of how you can help market your home to more people, and possibly have a quicker sale. Ask your agent how possible, or if there is anything that you can do to assist them. If you’re too busy to market your own home, don’t worry! That’s why you hired your real estate agent to sell your home!
DON’T Expect One Million for a Thousand-Dollar Home
Perhaps it goes without saying, but remember always that your home is valued at one amount, possibly being offered at another amount, but may actually fetch an entirely new amount. Having reasonable and realistic expectations of the price that your home can fetch will help you to stay on track when it’s time for interested people to bid.
DO Maintain the Yards
Remember that the point of placing ‘for sale’ signs in your yard is to entice people to come in, to look at your home, and to possibly buy it from you. This will be hard to do if your front or back yards aren’t well-maintained. Enhancing your home’s curb appeal could be the difference in selling your home in a month, and having to wait until the end of the summer to finally start closing.