You’ve got a case of the get-up-and-go bug. It’s time to sell your house, and you’re hoping to do it as quickly and cleanly as you can for the most profit in your pocket. There are certain things you can do to ensure a quicker sale, minimize stress, and increase your bottom dollar. Here are the six steps to selling a house.
Hire a Fabulous Real Estate Agent
Find a real estate agent who specializes in the type of property you’re listing, such as waterfront properties, luxury homes, or other niche markets. Check your agent’s qualifications and certifications. Read reviews. Ask questions. Gauge personalities. Determine communication methods. When you find an agent you feel is absolutely fabulous, it’s time to go to work.
Price Your House Properly
There are tips and tricks involved with setting the price of your house for sale. What you need to know is that when you price your property too low, you may sell fast but lose money. When you price your home too high, you may experience extended time on the market and encounter multiple price cuts. When your house is on the market for lengthy stays and the price is repeatedly dropped, potential buyers lose interest.
Staging Your Home to Sell
When potential buyers shop for houses, they want to experience the wow-factor. They want to be charmed by curb appeal and wooed by a house in move-in-ready condition. You can increase your selling time and profit by giving buyers what they want.
Staging is the art of dressing your property for success. From the outside to the in, you declutter, depersonalize, refresh, revitalize, and clean from top to bottom.
Open Houses & Showings
Whether you’re marketing your property through an open house or agent tours, your home will see a lot of foot traffic. Having strangers parade through your environment, openly pointing out its treasures and flaws can be gut-wrenching. When the house is being shown, try not to be home. Let your agent do his or her job without subjecting yourself to criticism.
It’s also a great idea to make sure your furry or feathered friends have a safe place to stay for the day. Not only can pet dander, loud barks, curious cats, and squawking birds be a turn-off to buyers, but your pets may feel as freaked out as you do about having groups of people moving throughout the house.
Here Come the Offers
Best case scenario, in a perfect world, you’ll receive multiple qualifying offers. Buyers are pre-approved for their home loans, there aren’t a bunch of contingencies, the finances align, and you may get the thrill of a bidding war. However, that’s the exception and not the rule.
Trust your real estate agent to help you sift and sort offers, measuring one against the other to determine which is best for you, and to help you negotiate terms. When you accept an offer, be patient. It’s not the time to skedaddle just yet.
Appraisals, Inspections & Legalities
Your title will be checked to be free of tax holds or liens, proving your legal right to sell the property. The bank wants to verify the value and condition of the property, as well as its boundary lines, so you’ll be opening your house to appraisers, inspectors, and surveyors to do their jobs.
You’ve found the right agent, set a good price, prepared for showings, and received an offer. You’ve tolerated appraisals, inspections, surveys, and mountains of paperwork. Finally, it’s closing day and you’re ready to turn over the keys to the house you’ve just sold. Before closing day, make sure all of your belongings are removed from the property and that you leave the house in as good as or better condition than when the buyer saw it last.
If you’ve worked out the details with your real estate agent, you may not have to attend the closing meeting. Talk with your real estate agent about when you’ll receive payment for your property because it’s not always same-day turn-around. And then, celebrate the future you’re on your way to conquer.
Your real estate agent is the best source of information about the local community and real estate topics. Give Melissa Patton a call today at 864-923-7924 to learn more about local areas, discuss selling a house, or tour available homes for sale.