Selling your home can be a long-winded emotional process. Most home-sellers want their house sold as fast as possible and for the best possible price, mostly so that they can move on. But the process requires careful planning and preparation.
We’ve highlighted four foolproof steps that will prepare you to sell your house like a pro!
Step One: The Three W’s
Before you even put your house on the market, you will need to make certain decisions. Ask yourself the essential three W’s:
- Who do you want to sell your house?
Will it be a real estate agent, a team, or will you be flying solo? Research all your options and evaluate which one works best for you.
- What will your asking price be?
Everyone wants the highest possible price for their home. But you will need to manage your expectations from the beginning. Do your research about houses in your area already on the market or ask an agent to give you a picture of how much you could realistically demand.
- When do you want to sell?
If you have a specific move out date, you will need to ensure your sale happens before that time. If not, you could look at websites like Zillow to determine when the best time to sell for your area is.
Step Two: Set the Stage
While the cupboard over the sink that needs an extra push to shut might be a part of your everyday life, to a potential buyer it might come off as a flaw.
Look around your house and evaluate how much maintenance work needs to be done. Staging your house can greatly increase its appeal and value. Highlight the best qualities of your house, clear away the clutter, and ensure the environment is warm and welcoming.
This will not only leave a favorable impression on buyers who visit your house, but the increased interest may result in a higher selling price point.
Step Three: Step into the Spotlight
Do not underestimate the effect of marketing and creating interest. The more buzz you create around your property, the more buyers you will attract.
Begin by taking quality, well-lit pictures of your staged home. Give your buyers the option of taking a 3D online tour, before they visit. The more access you allow them to your home, the more interested they will be.
Utilize all avenues of online marketing available in addition to traditional methods. This includes websites like Craigslist and Zillow to social media platforms such as Facebook.
Step Four: Showtime!
Once you’ve got everything set up, all that’s left is to begin your open house for potential buyers. During this time, ensure you maintain a level of cleanliness with every new buyer that comes in. You never know which one might make the final offer!
At the end of the day, selling your house is the final goodbye to years of memories. Make it easier on yourself by following the steps above to ensure you’re not overwhelmed with the emotional aspect of parting with your memories.
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