Home Selling Is A Process
If you’ve ever wanted to make a big change in your life, take up travel, or launch a new career, but feel tied down by a mortgage, you can always sell your home.
There is so much advice available on selling a home, it’s often difficult to know where to start. Some homeowners wish to sell are intimidated by the process, because they aren’t sure what to expect. Knowing what will happen going in will help ease the stress and confusion. There are some things that everyone wanting to sell a home should know.
First, do some research before the process starts is the first step. Take a look at real estate agents, lending institutions, and the housing market in your area. Decide whether to sell your house on your own or get a real estate agent to assist you.
If you decide to use an agent, don’t use the first one you find in a newspaper ad. Ask around. Word-of-mouth from friends and neighbors is often the best way to find a reliable, reputable agent. Interview different ones to see which one will work the hardest for you. What kind of track record to they have? Are they easy to get along with? Are they professional, prompt, and informed?
Second, get your house in order. This may mean painting, cleaning, organizing your house, interior and exterior. Your house must be as presentable as possible. The old saying is true. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Making improvements to the outside of your house is just as important as the inside. You may have to cart off some junk, but it will greatly improve the looks of your home. Find your own piece of the pie, but it will involves a little elbow grease, and the right tools of course. These tools can include a ladder, a good pair of gloves, a wheelbarrow, and some cardboard boxes to throw debris in.
If you sell your home on your own, do an open house, or throw a “party” for your house with an open invitation. When you do have home-showings, leave the home to afford them privacy. Most people like to look at homes without being followed around by the homeowner, or homeowners looking over their shoulder. Be available to answer questions, however. Leave a phone number, or even paper where questions can be listed.
Third, set your home at a reasonable price, and be willing to negotiate. Don’t get a bad reputation for asking too much for your home. This does nothing to sell your home, and word gets around. But you also don’t want to set it too low. That’s of no advantage to you. Get some advice before setting your price. Get a professional appraisal or an estimate. Find out what other homes are priced for in your area.
Selling a home is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight. A lot of help is available, and starting with a phone call or visiting a website is a wise idea. Beginning any major process like selling a home always goes smoother when you have support and expert advice, so take advantage of the resources out there.
Home Selling Is A Process