Prepare your property to be shown.
Give your home some curb appeal. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint; trim your grass and shrubs to make your home appealing to potential buyers. Fix anything that needs repair such as a leaking faucet. Also keep the interior of your home squeaky clean. Get rid of any clutter or re-painting the rooms. Also make sure to get rid of any bad odors from cigarettes or pets. Make sure to continue to keep your home clean. While showing your home, make an effort to keep it well lit at night or let in as much sunlight as possible during the day. This will make your home feel more inviting to potential buyers.
Professionally Staging Homes Prior to Listing the Home
Homes that have been professionally staged statistically sell 50% faster and for 6-10% more. For an average home, that is an extra $20,000 to $50,000! With this kind of windfall in each home, how can you afford NOT to use a professional home stager?
Assess Your Needs
Ask yourself “why am I selling my home?” Are you moving to a new city or is your family expanding? Also look at your short and long term goals. This and working with your agent can help you set up a time frame in which you would like to sell your home.
Look at similar home in your area to see how much they are selling for. This will give you a fair idea of how much you should be selling you home for. If you price your home too high or low, you may be hurting your chances of selling your home. If you ask, your agent often can give you a free home market analysis.
Receive an offer for your property
Once a potential buyer makes an offer, look over all the written documentation that is required. Make note of what needs to be accomplished from both parties to complete the transaction. The contract should include some of these things:
- Down payment on the home
- Financing arrangements
- Deposit amount
- Legal description of the property
- Who will pay the fees and a list of them
- Inspection rights
- A way of handing over the title and who will handle the closing
- Closing date