Most people decide to put their house for sale because they need to move, either because of work or family needs. Maybe you bought your house years ago and now that your family has grown, your current home does not cut it anymore. Either way, the prospect of putting your house up for sale is never a happy thing. It can be quite emotionally hard to prepare your house or apartment for sale. The reality is that you’re moving out! And the process of preparing your house for sale can be challenging, especially if you haven’t sold before. To help with this situation, here are the things you need to do before putting your house on the market.
Find a suitable real estate agent.
Not all real estate agents are the same; they have different skills, experience levels, and services they offer. If you believe real estate agents are too pushy, think again. You need someone who can push your property hard and fast in order to get it sold.
Consider the asking price of other similar properties in the area.
You need to find out how many other similar properties in your area have been sold in order to determine the ideal asking price for your home. Avoid using the asking price of these properties because this is not always an accurate representation of how much they actually sold for.
Make sure that all legal documents are in order before putting your house for sale.
There are many documents that buyers may want to see, including mortgage details, building regulations compliance certificates, and planning permissions records, so it is best if you collect and organize these beforehand.
Ensure your home is in good condition
You don’t need to go overboard with renovating or refurbishing your house before you put it on sale. But there are certain things that need to be done in order to attract the right buyers and get a good price. It’s important to remove all clutter, give each room a fresh coat of paint, remove pet stains and odors if there are any, fix broken windows or doors, and make sure the electricity and plumbing systems work fine. You may also want to consider getting a home inspection done before putting up the house for sale so that you can address any issues that crop up beforehand.
With all the different advertising channels available to you, it’s important to work with your agent to find out which will be most effective for selling your home.
The internet is one of the most powerful marketing tools a person can have at their disposal. With over 80% of home buyers starting their search online, it’s crucial to have an enticing listing.
You want to post good quality pictures that are well lit, but also true representations of your home’s features. If you have to take photos with a realtor, it would be best to wait until the weekends so that you don’t inadvertently give off the impression that you don’t live there.
Another thing to think about is what kind of adjectives or descriptions you use for your listing. You want to make sure your house is accurately represented without any falsehoods as this could cause legal issues in the future. However, using words like “updated” or “well maintained” can add value where there is none.
For an even bigger boost in traffic, make sure your listing is accessible through multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist!