Selling a home involves more than contacting a real estate agent placing a “for sale” sign and listing it for sale. You as the seller have to make sure not only that the home is in the market, but that it also has the potential of getting the most money in the sale. There are things that you can and should do to get your home ready to sell and for the most part they are easy things that should not take a long time to complete. To get them done before the complicated paperwork is started will save you a lot of time and enhance the chances of a quick and productive sale.
Get Your Home Looking Good
People buy real estate that they are attracted to. You would not expect a person to pay top dollar for a house that is crumbling down. That is not to say that your house is crumbling down, but the point is that you should get your home looking as good as possible. Maintaining the yard looking green and cut it regularly. Removing all clutter from the porch or the yard itself and making sure that the paint looks good and solid will also help attract customers to your home. You only have one chance at a first impression and you should take advantage of that chance. Many buyers will not necessarily go in the first time they see the house because they may want to share how beautiful the house is with their family.
To make sure that your home is looking great you may want to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes, or in this case wheels. The first time a buyer will see your home they will probably do so while driving, so you should try to get the same look that they will get. Drive around a few times and take a look at the way your home looks. This will get you a better perspective of how someone else may see the house. If you see something that is out of place while you drive by your house then correct it as soon as possible. You do not want other people noticing something about your home before you do.
The realtor/seller relationship is very important so you should really research realtor’s performance and attitude. The realtor should be available to answer your questions and develop that professional relationship with you. The sale of a home can take a few days or it can take months, so picking a realtor that you are comfortable with is extremely important. Also ask about commissions and home values in the area. Shop around; you do not have to list your property with a realtor simply because you happened to walk in their office first. Keep in mind however that a lower commission is not necessarily the way to go. Sure less commission means more money for you in the sale, but you should take into consideration the amount of time it may take to sell your home.
Get An Appraisal
The realtor you settle with will probably have an idea of the value of your home, but getting an appraisal will give you an idea before you even list your property. An independent lender or realtor should be able to give you the appraisal and that can protect you against some of the fraud that does happen when you sell your home. The home you are about to sell is important to you and you should want to get the most out of the transaction, and do not forget if you are planning to buy a new home after the sale of your current one, try to get approved for the new mortgage before you actually complete the sale.