Ten steps to selling your home.

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty MN 20549720

 

 

10 Steps to Selling Your Home 

1. Recognize every market is different. The national real estate market will many times be different than your local market. Ask your real estate agent if it is a buyer’s market or a seller’s market and; What is the median sales price? How many days on market? What is the number of closed sales? Rochelle Allison is a leading expert in the Twin Cities and she works for Keller Williams Realty, the number one real estate company in North America. Whether you are buying a home or selling a home, Rochelle Allison will help you to determine the current value of your home, and help you to buy the house of your dreams or sell your current home. Within the Twin Cities, Rochelle Allison is a Mac Groveland real estate specialist. When you contact Rochelle Allison, she will give you the value of your Mac Groveland home and get your home sold by using the most powerful technology and strategy to get the job done quickly. Finally, if you want to sell your Saint Paul condo and get the value of your Saint Paul condo, or if you want to buy a Saint Paul condo, Rochelle Allison is the agent to contact. To get answers on how to sell your house and to receive personalized help and a proven strategy to get your house sold, click on this link: http://www.rochelleallison.com/sell-your-home

2. Get your house inspected. It is always smart to know the physical condition of your home before you start negotiating price with a potential buyer. When you have the inspection report in hand, you can then have the best strategy as to what you spend money on to get the house ready for sale.

3. Price it right. Study the real estate market where you live. What are the comps?, How are other similar homes priced or valued? There are many pricing strategies and your real estate agent can best help you to employ a selling strategy that is effective, and that gets you the most money for your home.

4. Find the right real estate agent. You need an agent who is on top of your local real estate market. Your agent must know what is selling and what is not selling, and how to create a successful strategy to get your house sold. Successful agents have technology knowledge and skill and they are masters at negotiating for you. Rochelle Allison is a leading real estate expert in the Twin Cities and she works for the number one real estate company in North America, Keller Williams Realty. To get answers on how to sell your house and to receive personalized help and a proven strategy to get your house sold, click on this link: http://www.rochelleallison.com/sell-your-home/

5. Don’t over-upgrade. Quick and inexpensive repairs and upgrades before selling usually pay off well. Large and expensive upgrades often do not pay off. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you the most amount of money. Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or purchase some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, repair leaky faucets and clean the grout. Fix any broken windows.

6. Take the home out of your house. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of at least a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home.

7. The kitchen comes first. In many ways, you’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are very important and significant. In addition, improvements to your kitchen pay off. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral color paint, so that buyers are not offended and they can envision their own color choices. If there is room in your budget, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance.

8. Always be ready to show. Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Get rid of the junk throughout the house, in the garage and in the yard. Start Packing. It may sound unusual to start packing months before you move, but since you’ll eventually need to do this anyway, you might as well get organized now. You can sort through your storage closets, attic, basement or garage to determine what you want to keep, what to give away and what to sell. Boxing up items will make your space look larger and neater when it’s time to show your home. You can also get an idea of whether you need to rent a storage facility while your home is on the market. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will help to get your house sold. In many markets, much of the competition is low-priced foreclosures and short sales. As an individual homeowner, the way you can compete is on the condition of your house.

9. The first impression is the only impression. No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can usually get a good return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. Clear the entryway of coats and keys and other clutter. You can make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies. Stage the exterior of your home too. You can so this with fresh paint, immaculate landscaping and even outdoor furniture set up for a Sunday brunch on the deck. Buyers often like to envision themselves enjoying their backyards by entertaining and spending time outside.

10. Follow the advice and suggestions of your real estate agent. They know how to get your house sold. When you work closely with your agent, and follow the agent’s direction, you will get your house sold. It is a great feeling when you have an experienced real estate professional working for you who is passionate about getting your house sold. You want an agent who is an expert on your local market and who can use sophisticated technology and strategy, to get your house sold. The other important skill set that you want in an agent, is master negotiating ability, so you get the highest price possible for your home. Rochelle Allison has all of these strengths, plus a passion for helping you to get the job done. To get answers on how to sell your house and to receive personalized help and a proven strategy to get your house sold, click on this link: http://www.rochelleallison.com/sell-your-home/

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Rochelle AllisonThanks for reading our St Paul Real Estate Blog! I am a Realtor in the St Paul and Minneapolist area.  I love living in St Paul where the awesome neighborhoods and beautiful homes are my passion.  Our team works with buyers, sellers and investors.  

My concentration on homes for sale includes not only St Paul and Minneapolis, and also the surrounding Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin areas.  For more information on me or our awesome area, visit my website or email me at rochelle@rochelleallison.com.  When you're ready to sell or buy a home - we would love to help! To read what my clients have to say about us and our service, visit my Client Testimonial page.

 

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Posted By: Rochelle Allison, REALTOR, specializing in St. Paul and Minneapolis Real Estate   651.259.4683 

Comments (3)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A great list, Rochelle, for home sellers. None of this is brain surgery and many of us have been saying this for decades. But it seems it's never too often to repeat.

Apr 08, 2014 02:42 AM
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

Great list, Thank you for sharing.

Have a Blessed day.

Apr 08, 2014 03:35 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

These are all excellent points for a seller to abide by. Kind of like the 10 commandments of selling :)

Apr 08, 2014 08:57 AM