Selling your Lake Havasu City home can be a stressful time, even when you're excited about the prospect of a new place. There are some steps you can take ahead of time to help ease your stress as much as possible. We've put together a few ABCs of a Lake Havasu Home pre-sell to help you with this process.
Agent - You've probably seen those "For Sale By Owner" signs and thought to yourself, "I can do that"! But have you stopped to think about what really goes into a Lake Havasu City real estate transaction? There is advertising to create, showings to set up, paperwork to navigate and inspections to coordinate. Then, there are the real estate laws you need to be aware of as well as negotiations with the buyer's agent to deal with. Studies show that a homeowner who utilizes the skills, resources and experience of a real estate agent tends to sell their home for more money. Unless you have a whole lot of extra time, years in the real estate field and a vast library of knowledge in today's Lake Havasu real estate game, you really should consider hiring a professional to handle your home sale.
Be Prepared - Now's the time to make all those little repairs to your Lake Havasu property that you have been putting off. Fix the broken latch on the gate. Make sure the doorbell works. Replace ripped or torn window screens. Replace the burned out exterior lightbulbs. Fix that drippy faucet in the bathroom. Pay for a home inspection to find out what larger issues there may be so you can take care of them before a buyer knows about it. Also, having a home inspection done ahead of time leaves out any "surprises" when you have an interested buyer on the line. Buyers tend to double or triple the cost of replacing or repairing things, which means they will offer that much less for your house come negotiation time.
Clean - We don't mean just "pick things up". This is where you need to put a little elbow grease into it. Deep clean the carpets, especially if you have pets or smokers in the house. Wash the windows AND walls. Clean underneath the refrigerator. Scrub the grout. Remove water spots from exterior windows. Give the inside of the oven a good cleaning as well. Buyers will look in just about every nook and cranny of your Lake Havasu home when they are considering purchasing it so you want it all to be sparkling.
Remember our ABCs of a Lake Havasu home pre-sell so you are better prepared when you go to list your home. Being ready ahead of time can help make your real estate transaction a much smoother, more pleasant experience. Please contact us when you are ready to put your home on the market.
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Originally posted on our Lake Havasu Lifestyle real estate blog here: http://lakehavasulifestyle.com/abcs-of-a-lake-havasu-home-pre-sell/.