When it comes time to sell your home, it can seem overwhelming. Should you just purchase a sign and place it in the yard? What about an open house? These and other questions will keep you up and night if you aren’t careful. The house selling process doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are 6 tips to help ease your mind and get you started down the right path.
Tip One – Real Estate Agent
If the terms closing costs and title search aren’t clear, you are not alone. In fact, no one expects you to be an expert on the real estate market when it comes time to sell your home. This is where a real estate agent comes into play and works on your behalf. They have the knowledge and the experience you need to have a successful transaction.
Find an agent that communicates at the highest level and in the ways that make you feel comfortable. If you prefer text messages and being updated every few days, make that clear. It’s important to be specific about your needs and expectations from the beginning.
Tip Two – Make Preparations
Take an objective look at your property and home. What needs your attention before you sell the house? Look for things that a potential home buyer would notice and fix those things without delay. Professional inspectors will look at everything from the roof to the foundation when checking your property. Don’t give them anything negative to report. If they find problems, it could cause a delay or cost you the sale of your house.
Tip Three – What is My Home Worth?
Knowing what your home is worth is the key to setting an asking price that will get the attention of potential buyers. You can get a ballpark number by using an online home valuation calculator. However, you’ll want to consult with your real estate agent to get a better idea of exactly how much your house is worth. They will figure in the upgrades you’ve made and consider other houses in the neighborhood that recently sold. They understand the real estate market and how it impacts the value. Your real estate agent can offer advice, but you are the one who will ultimately decide on the asking price.
Tip Four – House Staging
If you have guests visiting your home, you go into cleaning frenzy mode in an effort to make things impressive and appealing. You want to do all that and more when getting ready for potential home buyers. Remove personal collections, photographs, items that may be offensive, and over-sized furnishings. Keep the lawn well-maintained and remove any themed decorations. You want to keep things neutral in order to appeal to a broader range of people.
Tip Five – Open House
During the time your house is on the market, you will have one or more open house events. This is where potential buyers come into your house and look around. While you may be tempted to stick around and help out with information, this is the perfect time for you to find something else to do that doesn’t require you to be at home. Your presence could make buyers uncomfortable. Trust your real estate agent to work on your behalf. If you have a pet, take them with you or have them in a secure location for their safety and the safety of your guests.
Tip Six – Relax and Have Patience
You can only control so many things during the home selling process. Try not to become stressed and overwhelmed while waiting for offers to arrive. Once offers hit the table, let your real estate agent use their strong negotiation skills. After an offer is accepted, you’ll go through various inspections, an appraisal, and closing day. Before you know it, you’ll be handing over the keys to a new owner and be on your way to the next adventure.
Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Give The Soladar Group a call today at 323-481-7907 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling your house, or tour available homes for sale.