Tips to Sell Your Home
Selling your home can be an extensive and stressful process but following a few simple steps can make it less emotionally exhausting.
Make a Plan
Before you find a new home for you and your family, list your own home to ensure you are only paying one mortgage and not two. You may also want to coordinate the closing and moving dates for this purpose. Additionally, make sure you clean your current home to prepare it for sale.
Choosing An Agent
A real estate agent generally takes a commission of around 5% of the selling price, but this will likely save you time and money in the long run. Ask family and friends for a recommendation on real estate agents and narrow it down from there. A seller’s agent will handle the following for you:
- Establish the right price
- Take care of marketing and advertising
- Schedule appointments for potential buyers
- Represent you during negotiations
- Help you throughout the closing process
Set a Price
Overpricing your home could keep it on the market for too long. Get a fair price in a timely manner by asking the right price for your home. A real estate agent can help you determine this based on a number of different factors, including:
- Your local housing market
- Your local economy
- Unique features of your home
- The overall condition of your home
- Seasonal factors
Prepare Your Home
Increase the marketability of your home by making some minor improvements and doing general cleaning. That way, the potential home buyer can imagine themselves living in the home.
- When it comes to the curb appeal, you should maintain the lawn, clean the driveway, repair the siding and gutters, and repair all exterior lighting.
- If you have a garage, carport, or shed, make sure it’s clean and organized.
- Hire a professional company to clean, vacuum, wash, and organize the interior.
- Make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless, as these are two of the most important rooms to potential home buyers.
- Create an inviting atmosphere whenever anyone is viewing the home by lighting candles, playing music, and maintaining a comfortable temperature.