You may have been thinking about whether or not to sell your home for weeks. Maybe it was a decision made for you because of some other life event such as a new job or the need to move closer to your family. Regardless, selling your home is hardly an instant decision, and good marketing requires time and preparation. With the new season coming up, home sellers should take steps to prepare.
Here are a few home selling tips that every home seller should consider to help them achieve a fast home sale:
Do not wait to make the final decision to sell. The prelisting process is not something most people consider fun and if you procrastinate you may well miss out on a buyer. During the summer months it gets warmer and the real estate business peaks since most buyers are not looking during the colder winter months. Sadly many home sellers do not know this so they do not know to get their house ready to show their home. The early you get starting getting your home ready the easier it will be to show off when the big traffic starts in the spring months. When you first list your home you are going to get the highest amount of foot traffic so you need to make sure that the prelisting process is done properly so your home will be at its best when people come looking.
Get your paperwork together
Now is the time to get your paperwork together for the home sale. Your buyers will ask you all sorts of questions about the numbers involved with your home. What sort of taxes do you pay? Do your appliances have a warranty? Get a copy of your own loan and speak to your lender about selling your home. You may be hit with fees during the closing process for paying off your mortgage early and it is nice to account for them throughout the process. Ask your real estate agent on what specific costs to expect so you know which ones you have to pay, which are optional, and what you will need money for.
One of the best things you can do is look around for some professional real estate help and not just take the first name in the phone book. You will want to interview a couple of agents to make sure you find one that is experienced with your situation as well as your neighborhood. If you are going to try and sell your home privately you will want to make sure that you hire the right contractors, appraisers, attorneys, and other various professionals. These people will be worth their cost when you are helped to a smooth negotiation and closing period.
Declutter, repair, and stage
For many people, this is an unpleasant task, but it is a necessary one. While you are thoroughly cleaning your home, go ahead and pack up all the small items and things that you do not use regularly. This will make your home more spacious. After a home inspection, use the list to make repairs or analyze the cost of repairs for the home buyer. And do not just do the inside of your home. Renovating the outside is just as important since many people have already developed a first impression just by seeing your front door. Thus, it is important to have both the inside and the outside of your home well staged so that you can keep wowing the buyer from the moment they step out of the car to the bathroom towel closet. None of these things have to be expensive, but this sort of preparation takes thoroughness and effort. However, great preparation will lead to a fast home sale.