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.