Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

getting ready to sell your home

Ready to sell your home? Getting a house ready to sell—and even selling a house itself—can be a long and arduous process, but there are ways to make the process simpler and faster. Here are a few things to remember as you go through the process that will guarantee your house is sold in a reasonable amount of time.

  • Every market is different: As you put your home on the real estate market, it’s important to remember that every market is different. Home buyers come from many different places, not just within your city. Your neighborhood alone or even state can have an effect on the market. When you’re putting your home into that market, make sure you keep up with the trends and changes going on within it. Staying on top of the market will insure that you stay ahead. A real estate agent can help you with this, too.

  • Get your home inspected: Most home buyers opt to get the homes they’re seriously interested in inspected before they move in. You can eliminate that hassle for them by getting an inspection done on your home before you put it up for sale. That way, you can find out ahead of time if there’s any necessary repairs you need to do that would otherwise turn potential buyers away.

  • Fix up your home: After an inspection, it’s also important that your home looks good, both on the inside and out. Your home on the market is competing with other homes in the area, so it’s important that it’s looking its best to attract prospective buyers. This can include re-painting exterior and interior walls, and even doing yard work and landscaping.

  • Set a good price point: Do some research on the price range of similar homes that are in your area. Try to aim for a price that’s reasonably within that range. Avoid overpricing your home to compensate for realtor commissions, or making a profit. You don’t want to turn buyers away from your home as soon as they see the price. Instead, be more willing to negotiate fees with your realtor. Chances are you may be able to save money. Also keep in mind that just because a neighbor sold their house for $250,000 six months ago, doesn’t guarantee that you’ll sell for the same price. The market is constantly changing, so choose your price accordingly.