Over the next month, we are presenting a series of posts on Getting Ready for the Spring Market. We will be covering topics such as Selling your Home, Staging your Home for a Quick Sale, House Hunting Preparation, and How to Win in a Hot Housing Market.
We are starting off the series this week with How to Sell your Home. Read on for tips and tricks to make the big job of selling your current home less stressful, why you should hire a real estate agent, and why a pre-sale inspection is a good idea.
How to Sell a Home
Selling a home can be stressful and lots of things can affect how long a home is on the market or its sale price. The rise and fall of the economy, housing inventory, and location can all affect how quickly and easily it is to sell your home.
However, with a little planning and some smart moves, you can make your home more attractive to buyers and increase your bottom line. Most of those steps are simple, like staging your home to make it less cluttered and more attractive or avoiding unnecessary upgrades that have no effect on the sale price.
Here are two sets of steps you can take to help with the sale of your home.
First Step – Get Ready to List Your Home
1. Get a presale home inspection to identify trouble spots.
Although not required, a home inspection can identify issues that could drive away potential buyers and prolong the sale of your home.
By making repairs that will likely be spotted by a buyer’s own home inspection, you can fix simple issues that make the home look like a better investment and repair bigger issues that might cause a buyer to walk away.
2. Research and hire a good real estate agent to help smooth out and speed up the sale.
With so many online marketing tools available, it’s tempting to try to market and sell your home yourself. However, there is a reason that realtors earn their commissions.
A good real estate agent does more than host open houses. A good agent can identify the best way to market your home, help you set an attractive price that still gives you a good return, and direct things like professional photos and staging to ensure your home has the best curb appeal online and in person.
3. Get the home physically ready for showings.
Most realtors will recommend staging your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers. That means getting the home as clean as possible, removing any unnecessary belongings to declutter your home.
If you have ever been to an open house, you may have noticed how neat and tidy the home for sale was, as if it was the model home in a new development. That’s not an accident – making your home as neat and clean as possible can improve first impressions and increase the appeal.
Clear out as much stuff as you can while still being comfortable in your own home, even if you have to put some in storage. Then, give it a really deep clean and you’ll find your showings get good feedback from truly interested buyers.