You want to sell your house in a short amount of time and with the greatest return on your investment. It would be a bonus if you could do so with as little stress as possible. In order to reduce stress, it’s important to prepare ahead. Before you begin the home selling process, check out these 6 steps to selling a house and reduce the chance for delays that could add unnecessary stress.
Step 1 – Real Estate Agent
You may be tempted to sell your house without the help of a real estate agent. However, you will need the knowledge and experience of a professional real estate agent. When interviewing potential agents, ask how long their previous properties remained on the market. Find out how many times they’ve had to reduce the price on a house for it to sell. Make sure your communication methods mesh and that they listen to your needs. Discuss their marketing strategy for selling your house.
Step 2 – Pricing the House
Your real estate agent is a valuable resource when it comes to pricing your house, but you are the one who makes the final decision on the asking price that is set. Your real estate agent will provide you with a home valuation that takes into account recently sold homes in the area, upgrades you’ve made, and other factors that have an impact on the value of your house. Use this information to price your house competitively. You don’t want to deal with long negotiations or price drops. Pricing your house properly from the beginning will save you time and money.
Step 3 – Make Repairs
Take a walk around your property and home, making a note of anything that needs to be replaced or repaired. During the home selling process, your house will go through numerous inspections and an appraisal. Save yourself from the embarrassment of negative findings by making sure everything is in the best condition. Negative findings can have an impact on the amount of time your house is on the market. Doing replacements and repairs ahead of time will save you time, money and stress in the long run.
Step 4 – Staging
After repairs are made, you’ll want to focus on staging your house. You want your home to be in showroom condition throughout the selling process. Always be ready for people to drop in for a tour. Begin outside and pay attention to the curb appeal. First impressions are important. Inside the house, remove any personal items, photographs, collections, and excessive clutter. Organize and clean. Pay close attention to the kitchen and bathroom, as they are key rooms when it comes to selling a house. Keep things neutral when it comes to paint colors, furnishings, and accessories.
Step 5 – Home Warranty
Consider getting a home warranty to include with the sale of your house. A home warranty offers a bit of protection for potential home buyers. Including one of these with the sale of the house may catch the attention of first time home buyers. While you’re considering a home warranty, gather all the paperwork that goes with appliances and other household items. A potential home buyer may be impressed that you have these on hand.
Step 6 – Leave the House
When it comes time for a house tour, you’ll want to make plans to be elsewhere. Allow the real estate agent to represent your interest. Potential home buyers are more comfortable when you aren’t present. If you have pets, take them with you or make preparations to have them somewhere else at the time of the showing. This protects your pet and those visiting your house.
Seek the advice of a professional real estate agent, price your house competitively, make repairs, and stage your home. With these things complete, you can relax and allow your real estate agent to sell your house as quickly as possible.
Call the Bogle Realty Group at 909-762-5861 to find out how they can help sell your house.