Once you have decided to sell your house there are some steps you need to take to make sure you sell your house in these sticky economic times. You will want to know what it is worth; so call in an appraiser to assess your property, or a few realtors, and ask them to look it over. Keep in mind, what it is worth is not necessarily what you will get for it. That’s business, I’m afraid – your house is worth what someone will pay for it. You have to take into account the state of the economy, how your community is growing (or contracting), what interest rates banks are charging, and the condition of your home.
Once you settle on a price, start advertising. You need to decide if you want to use a realtor, or sell your home yourself. These days, with BuyOwner, and web-based home sales, you can try staging a house for sale yourself, without a broker. Each way has their own pluses and minuses; so it is up to you which to use.
Preparing your Home
Selling your home like a pro involves a lot more than just putting up signs and waiting for the potential buyers to show up. First impressions are important. You want your home to look as good as possible. So, clean up the yard, repair any bare patches of sod, clean out any flowerbeds etc. If your house is in need of a paint job, you may want to invest in that. This may cost some money, but think of it as a business investment. You don’t want people to cringe at their first look at your home. It takes work to sell your home like a pro.
Next is the interior. Clean your house and arrange the furniture to make it look nice. That may mean removing some things to make your home seem less cluttered, or painting or fixing things, but it’s well worth it. The two most important rooms in the house are the kitchen and bathroom; work at making them look nice. That may mean changing a sink or painting some cabinets, but the investment can pay big dividends in the end.
So, cast aside sentimentality. Selling your home like a pro is a business and it takes time, effort and money.