Perhaps your family is growing or it’s the point in life where it’s time to downsize. Regardless, there are many factors to keep in mind as you prepare to sell your home.
They say people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we all know that first impressions are incredibly important. Buyers will judge your house by the first showing. Consider having your home staged before showing it. Even if you don’t have the ability to stage it, at least declutter. A messy house is harder to sell than a tidy one. A clean paint job can also accentuate a lovely home, so consider applying a fresh coat of paint to your home before listing it. Homepainter is happy to help connect you with local painting professionals and will provide you with a quote in minutes.
Time of Year
This one is very important! Spring is an excellent time to sell your home, and summer is great, too. With lots of people looking to move during the warmer weather, your house will be likely to sell faster. Winter is the slowest time for the real estate market.
You may have heard the expression, “you get what you pay for.” This is true in real estate. Don’t just use the listing agent who has the cheapest commission or your friend who has their real estate license. Do your research, and look at previous listings by the agent you’re interested in, as well as previous listings by their brokerage. The information from past sales, including the sale price versus the listing price, quality of the photos, and of course their reviews, which say a lot about the success that you will have working with that realtor.
For Sale by Owner
If you choose to not list with a real estate agent, consider paying a buyer’s agent fee. This way you can rest assured that the people buying your home are qualified, and the transaction is being handled by professionals. Remember, this is probably the most expensive transaction of your entire life.
Your Next Home
Before you sell your home, you should be sure that you are ready to buy your next home. Do you have one picked out? Consider contingent offers. Offers can be contingent upon financing, including the sale of your current home. Also keep in mind that same day closings and early possessions are options.
Best wishes with selling your house and finding your next home sweet home!