Once you decide to sell your house, you need to consider a few things. For starters, you need to hire the right Real Estate Agent for your particular needs. He or she should know your market, understand your wants and needs, and they should have experience, knowledge, and integrity. You should know where you’re headed as far as what happens after you sell your home. Finally, you should know what to do when it comes to preparing your house for sale.
It’s a big decision to sell your home. Hiring the right Real Estate Agent is imperative if you want to maximize your ability to get the most money possible. Doing your part as a homeowner is definitely another key to boosting the potential sale of your house. One truly important thing to remember, is that you are essentially putting a product out there, and you want your product to show well. First impressions are everything. The following are some tips that will help prepare your house for sale, while your Real Estate Agent Gerald Alan handles the rest.
Here Are 5 Tips to Prepare Your House for Sale
1. Take Care of Maintenance Repairs
Often times, potential home buyers request you to fix or pay for issues needing repair. It’s common for buyers to also use this as a negotiating tool while in escrow. I even suggest having a property inspector inspect the home to give you a head start. You may want to consult your Real Estate Agent in regards to whether the repairs are worth doing or not.
Less is more when putting your house up for sale, and now is the best time to decide on what stays and what needs to go. De-personalize by removing family photos and personal items, as potential buyers need to be able to see themselves in the home, not you. I know this may be difficult for some sellers as well, because of the emotional attachment to the home. Clean out your closets and bookshelves, and putting things in storage is ideal as well.
3. Evaluate Your Yard
The first thing people see is the outside and you want to make a good first impression. So spruce up your lawn, and invest in a landscaper who will make your house look amazing. Spend the money, it’s worth it.
4. Consider a Maintenance Schedule
So now you have repairs and issues that need to be tended to. I suggest you create a maintenance schedule so the house is ready in time. Write up a schedule if there is a lot to get done.
5. Compare Your House to Other Homes in Your Area
And of course check out recent sales and listings in your neighborhood to see how your house compares. Be honest with yourself and put yourself in the potential buyer’s shoes. Pricing your house correctly from the get go is crucial to getting top dollar. Your agent should know exactly what the price tag should be. If you trust them to list your house, you need to trust their suggestion.
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