Selling your House in 2016? Do This First!

Selling your House in 2016? Do This First!

If you’ve ever sold a home, you will no doubt be aware of how stressful it can be. The good news is that you really can make it a much less stressful experience if you go about it the right way.
Before you put your house up for sale in 2016, my advice is to do the following first:

Find out how much local houses are selling for

If there’s a similar house nearby that’s up for sale, try to find out how much they are selling it for. You can get an idea of the market sale price here. This price could be a good guideline as to how much you should sell yours for. If the other house is bigger or newer, or even in better condition than yours, you will have to lower the price. Check out the price anyway, and you’ll have more of an idea as to what price you should put on yours.

Find out how much a realtor will charge

A realtor typically charges 6% of the sales price, but negotiate with them if you think it’s too much, and they may lower their charges. You never know, you may only have to pay 4%, but whatever the charge is, see if it can be lowered, and how to go about it. Great realtors are likely to charge you more for their service. Inexperienced, or run of the mill realtors will probably stick to 6% and may even reduce their price if they think your house can generate a lot of cash for them.

Get your home ready for viewings

One of the best things you can do when you put your home up for sale, is to make sure it’s ready for viewings. This may mean that you have to keep it clean and tidy whenever you can, so a potential buyer sees your home in a good light. You may also have to cut your grass, paint a few patchy walls, and even see to those light fixtures that haven’t worked properly for years.

Allow viewings at any time

Sure, it may be more convenient if people only came to view your home at the weekend, but you could be missing out on a sale. Allow people to come see your home before 9am if they request it, and even after you’ve finished a busy day at work. Being more flexible about viewings also means a better chance of a sale. Ok, so not every viewing will be convenient, but why not ask your realtor to meet prospective buyers there instead? This way you can keep them happy, and you could make a sale too.

De-clutter your home

Look around your home, are there areas/rooms that are just too ‘Busy’? These are the areas that you need to tackle if you want to make a sale more likely. A cluttered home is one that also has the potential to look smaller than it really is. This is because all of your personal effects will be taking up space, and they could even be making the rooms look darker. So what can you do? It’s simple, get all your clutter together, and store it somewhere else for the time being. This will make your home look a lot tidier, and a little bigger too.
When people view your home, they do not want to see all your belongings lying about the place, they want to get a feel for what the home would be like for them to live in. this is why it’s so important for you to de-clutter if you can.

Ask your realtor for advice if you have an questions

Any realtor worth their weight in gold is likely to be a veritable fountain of knowledge. This is because they will have a lot of experience when it comes to selling homes. If you have any questions, or you just want a bit of reassurance that you’re doing what you can to sell your home, speak to your realtor. They may even be able to offer you a few extra bits of advice, and even let you know how the housing market is performing at this time. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, it is what they are there for.

Now you know what you need to do before you put your home up for sale, it’s up to you to go ahead and get started. Make the selling of your home a lot less stressful, and give yourself a better chance of receiving a great offer.

How to prepare your house before selling

How to prepare your house before selling

One of the best ways for you to sell your home quickly, is to make sure it’s fully prepared before you list it. Knowing what steps you should take in order to influence a good and relatively quick sale could make a difference to the whole process.
Don’t be stuck with an unwanted home for months at a time, use the tips I’ve listed below to prepare your house so that when it is up for sale, you’ve got a better chance of selling it at the right price.

Tip #1 – Clean everything!

Don’t sweep each room with a glance, clean it from top to bottom, and do a spot of tidying too. A clean home will be a lot more welcoming to potential buyers than a dirty one. Cleaning may be the last thing you want to do, but doing it could mean that you’re offered more money than you otherwise would be.

Once you have given your home a ‘Big clean’, you can ‘Top it up’ by cleaning a little before you have a viewing.

Tip #2 – Paint your home in neutral colours

Painting your home in neutral colors will allow prospective buyers to imagine how the house could look once they’ve added their own touch to it. But this isn’t the only reason why you should paint your home this way. At the time of writing, new homes are painted in neutral colors, and they are often kept this way. It’s fashionable right now to have walls that light in color, but it could change one day. Go with the current trend, and you’re more likely to sell your home.

There’s also another reason as to why you should paint your home, and that’s because it will make it look fresh, modern, and looked after. Even if the last thing you want is to live in a neutrally colored home, painting it this way will make viewers think you’ve looked after it even more than you have.

Tip #3 – Hide bulky furniture

No-one wants to fight to get into the kitchen because there’s a chair in the way. No-one will want to have a view spoiled by the big bulky desk next to the window. Hide your bulky furniture so that people viewing your home can walk around easily, and they won’t have to put up with that huge set of drawers in one of the bedrooms. Put them in storage for now, or place them in your new home, and they won’t be in the way.

Tip #4 – Give each room a function

So you have a spare room that you like to store things in. Most of us have a room like this, and it’s ok to have one, unless you’re trying to sell your home. No-one wants to see your spare room being used as a store room. They want to see it being used as a bedroom, or an office. Ok, so you may advertise your house as having 4 bedrooms, but it won’t feel like a 4 bedroom house if one of the rooms is used as a place to store your exercise bike, some old chairs and that piano you just can’t get rid of.

For now, put all those things in storage, and make the room look like it has a function. This will encourage your home viewers to think about how they could use the room.

Tip #5 – Make your yard look inviting

Add a lick of paint where it’s needed, do some weeding, clean the walk way, and generally make your yard look good. If your yard looks good, and your house looks good, you are more likely to sell your home. Your yard is just as important as your home, sometimes more so if the prospective buyer has children. Keep it tidy, give it some attention, and your yard could help you sell your home.

Tip #6 – Get those odd jobs done

Fix that door handle that just isn’t right. Replace the cracked mirror in the hall way. Do all those odd jobs that you’ve been putting off. Add more value to your home by making sure everything works just as it should. You will feel more positive about your home, and prospective buyers will do too.

Think about using some, if not all of these tips to prepare your house before selling it. Use them to help you make that sale quickly, so you can concentrate on living in your new home, and enjoying life there.