Quick Tips On Selling Your House.
SUMMARY: Simple and inexpensive tips on how to sell a house.
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You're going to sell your home. You could go at it full-pelt, or think
for a bit. Imagine you were a potential buyer; what would be foremost
in your mind?
Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to get the best price
1 - Determine the fair market value for your house.
The best way to sell your home is by having the right price. Buyers
will be looking for a deal. You might be looking to make some money but
don't over-price your home. Doing so will ensure you don't sell it
right away. A home that sits on the market too long is unappealing.
This makes people afraid to buy it.
2 - The front of the house is where the first impression
If you want to sell your home, make the front look perfect. Start with
the outside. Lawns should be well mown and landscaped. There should be
nothing to distract the eye from its best features.
clean, uniform and pretty should be your watchwords. The first look
will sway buyers towards or away from your home.
3 - Remove your personal items.
Most lived-in homes have pictures and items of sentimental value.
Remove them when the home is being shown. Buyers don't want to be
attached to your memories. They will want to see the quality of the
walls, not your pictures of your family or your keep-sakes.
4 - Clear out clutter.
Every home has clutter. If you're showing your home, do your best to
remove yours. Remove anything you don't need. Pre-pack and place the
packed items in storage. Then buyers can have a better look into their
5 - Keep colours neutral.
Spruce up a home before sale by painting it. Paint it in neutral
colours. People will shy away from a home with highly coloured walls.
They may not like your colour choices. Buyers do not want to paint the
minute they move in. Most look for colours they can live with or mould
around their decorations.
6 - Keep your kitchens and bathrooms in good shape.
Homebuyers pay special attention to these two rooms. They must be
spotless. Keep them well lit. If you have newer appliances and plan to
leave them, have buyers check them out. They will be more interested in
these special incentives.
7 - Never apologise for your home.
Your home is what it is. You should not apologise for that. By
apologising, you give the buyer a reason to consider somewhere else. If
you aren't proud of your home why would they want to be? If it has
problems, then offer solutions. Never apologise for what is yours.
8 - Work with your agent, not against them.
Help your real estate agent to sell your home. Give them the
information they need and step back. Don't go behind their back and try
to sell it yourself. All showings should go through the agent. They
have the experience to get the job done. If they didn't you wouldn't
have hired them.
9 - Only show by appointment.
If you want to see serious buyers you should have them screened. Many
sellers only allow showings to pre-qualified buyers. Your agent can set
this up. They will weed out the dilettantes. If a buyer shows up
without an appointment, give them your agent's card. Have them set one
10 - Sell before you need to.
No one can give you a definite time frame to sell your home. You should
put it up for sale before you plan to move. Put it on the market about
three to six months before you plan to move, and you have some leeway.
you have a serious offer you can begin looking for your new home. You
won't have to worry about trying to offload it quickly. You will get
the price you deserve, not the price you must settle for.
11 - Advertise.
This should be your realtor's job. He should have an advertising plan.
Find out what it is before you sign a contract. Make sure your home is
listed in as many places as possible. A good price won't help sell it
if no one knows it's for sale.
12 - Remove emotion from the sale.
You have fond memories of your home. The buyer will not. They will
notice every flaw. They will not care about your reason for selling.
They will care about making a deal. Make sure when you look at offers
you do so rationally. Don't let emotions rule your sale.
In your mind, have already kissed your house goodbye, and take your
wonderful memories with you. This will make the sale easier. In the
end, realise that a house is a material thing, and that all such things