Tips on Selling Your Property

Parting with your property can bring lots of fun and excitement but it is also hard work. 

You need to first fix up all those small problems that you have ignored for many years. You also need to decide if you are going to sell it by yourself or to make use of a realtor. The transaction will take time, and will depend greatly on the local real estate market.

Fixing Up Your Home

Some mental and emotional preparation is needed too. Are you looking forward to moving up to a new dream house or facing the uncertainty of a major move across the country? It might be hard leaving the memories behind or you might be keen to start a new life without the house you have lived in the last chapter of your life.

A house for sale should be visually appealing and in good condition. It should attract potential buyers driving down the street so pay attention to the following: 

• Are the lawn and shrubs well maintained?

• Are there cracks in the foundation or walkways?

• Does the driveway need resurfacing?

• Are the gutter, chimney (if the house for sale has one) and walls in good condition?

• Do the window casings, shutters, siding, or doors need painting?

• Are garbage and debris stored out of sight?

• Are lawn mowers and hoses properly stored?

• Are the kid’s toys tidied up?

It’s important to clean up the mess inside as this will affect the decision of prospective buyers. These people prefer clean and comfortable homes. It is better to touch up the interior part of your home by putting a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas for example. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms and will help to dispense off unwanted odors.

Wash the walls where paints are not appropriate (for example wallpaper, paneling, and tiles). Wash all floor and bathroom tiles. Clean or shampoo dirty carpets (Again this is very important to get rid of unwanted smells). Get rid of clutter. Clean out all closets, basement, and attic. Use self-storage if necessary. Replacing air filters and put some fresh plants in will help keep the dust down and the pleasant scents up.

Determining Your Homes Value

Naturally, sellers want to get top dollar for their home, but know that this will scare off potential buyers. It may also cause the property to languish on the market for many months. A reduction in price later may lead buyers to wonder if there is something wrong with the home. Here are some factors to consider in putting in the right price for your home:

• The location

• Economic conditions

• Supply and demand in the local housing market

• Seasonal influences

• Local schools

• Average home prices in the neighborhood

• Home’s extras (like pool, fireplace, central air, etc)

In determining the value of the home, you will probably be better to seek the advice of an estate agent or appraiser. Agents can prepare a market analysis for you, showing the recent selling prices of three neighborhood properties comparable to your own. They can also help you adjust to the unique features of the home you’re selling.

If the seller has too little information about the home selling market, it’s better to contact a realtor. In finding a realtor, find someone that you feel comfortable with. 

First, ask your friends and acquaintances for any recommendations but make the final decision based on your needs. A realtor should show you research to support any recommendations, this includes information about recent sales, current listings, and recently expired listings in your neighborhood. 

The realtor will be knowledgeable in the area in which the home is located. They will get better cooperation from other agents. You should ask for references from the realtor as he or she should be willing to give you the names of previous clients. Look for a realtor who can tell you what he or she knows from experience in the market, and not what they think you want to hear.  

These home selling tips can avoid headaches when selling your home. Do not make yourself regret everything for not doing the right thing. Don’t underestimate the demands of buyers as many people now wish to move in.

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