Getting ready to sell your home is a big decision, and while it is easy to roll up your sleeves and hammer down a FOR SALE sign in front of the house, it is a little more than that.
Yes, it involves taking pictures, editing them, ensuring the lawn looks clean! No, it is still more than this too. Before putting your home up for sale, there are a lot of things you should do, some of which you know, others you don’t care about but will do anyway.
While the aim is to boost the market value and get a marvelous offer, as you move to your new home - you are moving to a new place, right!
As we were saying, while getting a good offer on the house is essential, you need to add some bells and whistles to boost sales and enjoy the proceeds.
So over the years, many people have asked, how we do it.
We sell homes and get good offers too and we encourage homeowners to be mentally prepared for when their house is no longer theirs too.
Now that you have concluded on selling your home, master these 5 MOST IMPORTANT steps before hammering down that FOR SALE sign on the front lawn.
Remember, selling your home is not a snap of the finger affair. It takes some time, but doing the right things will bring the buyers through the door.
Proper Documentation First
If enlisting the help of a real estate agent is the first guess, not bad. However, all paperwork related to your home should be up to date. So the day you decide to sell the property, start searching for all housing documents.
Nobody is going to buy a property today and have the law come down on them tomorrow for your mistake. It will be deceit. So every document, including the deed, plot plan, and any paper that will help your sell the house, get them updated and file them neatly. If you have any outstanding bills on the house, have it paid, clear your mortgage the utility, water, and other maintenance system settled.
Remember that any new owner wants a clean slate and one they can easily navigate. If you cannot get your head wrapped around the mountainous paperwork, it is time to hire a Realtor. They will show you want to do and how to get it done faster while advising you on other areas to boost the sale on the market.
Hire a Good Cleaning Service
Unless you do not care about how much the property is worth, this is crucial. Now cleaning the house falls under two categories.
Category 1 – you still live in the property while you are preparing to sell it. In this case, de-clutter and remove all personal effects that remind the client that it is your house. Create a cleanup weekend, on this day, you will separate items into trash or give away. It will help you lessen the clutter, open up the house, and make the client feel at home.
Category 2 – you do not live in it and are selling the house. This is absolutely marvelous. It allows you to do a complete overhaul. Call the cleaning service and do a top to bottom cleaning. Also, you can enlist the services of a local listing agent to tell you what type of homes sell and how you go about with the fixing.
Either way, just make sure the house looks clean on the outside, inside and smells nice too. If you have pets and kids, have them sit at the neighbor’s any day you are staging the house to potential customers.
Repair, Repair, and Repair
When the cleaning services are done with their job, you will see the areas that need immediate repairs. The bathroom, kitchen, and a spacious sitting area with natural lights are instant selling points in any home. So also are the colors, tones, and shades in the home. While those areas are been fixed, choose colors like neutral and earth tones to make the home pop. You might call in the cleaning service after the repairs are done but it will be worth it.
How Is The Front Lawn Looking?
It is a house; its curb appeal starts from the lawn. Look for a local handyman to help you out. Fix the crack on the driveway, add more flowers and vegetation on the outside, add some furniture on the patio (if there is one). Anyway, just ensure the landscaping is beautiful, appealing, and ready to go. If you have a garden in front of the house, maintain it, keep it watered and plant extra flowers to add value to the exterior of the house.
Choose the Right Listing Company and Spread the Word
You can start spreading the word even as you work on the home, it will make potential clients appreciate the effort and changes that went into the renovation. However, once you are done, you need a qualified Realtor to help you fine-tune the process for the market. A local professional agent is better than any other; they know the terrain, their market and will bring in the best for you. Using a local listing company will open you up to some truths about the market and how to prepare for them.
We advise never to be in a hurry to hire the first listing agent with a broad smile and excellent vocabulary. Sit down and discuss their track records, expertise, and exposure to the market and listen to hear if they are passionate.
Finally, take lots of pictures of every square inch in the house. It will give the buyers a good view of the property.
Wow, that was a lot of navigating, but these five steps will help you sell your first house or subsequent ones. If you are finding it challenging to navigate the real estate market, contact these professional agents here.
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