Selling a property almost always means your life is changing in some way. Whether you are selling your home, a business or an investment property, we hope you are moving on to something bigger and better. While change can be exciting it can also be overwhelming. Should you choose us to help, we promise to make the process as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on your future.
Here are a few things to consider when getting your home ready to sell:
Walk through and look at your house objectively. Look closely at anything that is broken or dirty. These are the things that will make a difference in the final sales price of your home. Fix as many things as possible and clean everything! A clean, well maintained home is appreciated by a buyer, and first impressions are important. The goal is to make your home as comfortable and appealing to a buyer as possible. If a buyer can see you took good care of your home, they will also assume you took good care of the things they can’t see. For instance; was the furnace filter changed regularly, was any water damage repaired property, and were any additions or improvements done so correctly? A clean home tells a buyer you were a conscientious home owner, which will make them more comfortable with the idea of owning your home.
Contact a Realtor for a Market Analysis. Pricing your home accurately from the initial listing is the very best way for your home to sell quickly and for the highest possible dollar. A Realtor will compare your home to others that have sold recently, as well as to others currently listed for sale, in order to determine an estimate of value for your home. It is important for this to be done by someone who can be objective. Often as sellers we place sentimental value on our homes that a buyer may not see, or we aren’t as aware of the values and condition of other recent sales or listings as they compare to ours. An objective party can give you an accurate price as the current market mandates. You are in no way obligated to list your house at this number, and the Realtor will not share this with anyone else, but whatever you choose to do, it is important to at the very least know this number.
Choose the Realtor you feel will do the very best job for you. Each seller is different and therefore a Realtor that works well for one may not work well for another. Some sellers prefer constant contact and updates, while others prefer a more hands-off approach. Whatever your selling style is, be sure you choose a Realtor that can meet those needs. Choose someone you are comfortable with, and someone who will answer your questions patiently, thoroughly and in a timely manner. Choose someone with an attention to detail, who will be diligent about producing the correct paperwork and attending to your sale as they would their own, making sure each and every hurdle is cleared as smoothly as possible. This person’s job is not only to advertise and sell your home, but to make the selling experience stress free and enjoyable. I will never forget a seller who, upon listing their home and calculating the potential commission due upon sale, asked me “What are you going to do for me to justify that amount of money?” I think of that question now every time I list a home. A Realtor can put a lot into your sale, or very little, and often achieve the same results for the same amount of money. They difference however lies in the customer service. What are you getting for the commission you are agreeing to pay? Be sure you are getting your money’s worth.