It would be nice if when it came time for home sellers to sell a house it was as easy as putting a for sale sign in the front yard and receiving multiple offers. Unfortunately that isn’t how it works.
There are a number of steps that home sellers must go through when preparing to sell. The tips below can help you get started.
Get Your House Ready
Once you have lived in a house for even a few years, chances are good that you have accumulated a lot of “stuff.” When it comes time to sell your house home sellers will want to spend some time sorting through all of these things prior to listing your house.
Sort through your belongings, taking the time to donate items that you no longer want. Then start packing up your belongings that you will not need for the remainder of the time that you are in the house. The less “stuff” that is in your house the larger and more open it will appear.
While you are emptying out the house, take the time to also clean each room. You want to do this in a way that will appeal to your potential buyers.
It’s important to complete these tasks before having the listing photographs taken so you can show off your clean and uncluttered home.
Every homeowner has a few projects in the house that they have avoided doing, but need to be done. If you are ready to sell your house it is important that these projects get completed.
Homebuyers like to find houses that are move-in ready. If when walking through the home they see a number of repairs they will need to make, no matter how small, they will begin to add up in the buyer’s mind. This can result in their either negotiating a much lower price or leaving the house altogether.
To help expedite the process, some home sellers hire a home inspector to look at their house before selling. This way the closing process won’t be delayed by surprises found by the buyer’s inspector.
Stage Your House
When it comes time to stage your house, consider hiring a professional home stager. A home stager can help you determine what colors you should paint the walls and where to arrange your furniture to showcase your room the best way possible.
Staging helps to make your house the most appealing to potential buyers.
Gather Your Paperwork
There is a lot of paperwork that goes along with selling a house. You will be asked to provide information on major repairs and work that you have had completed. It is also helpful for you to have copies of any inspections or appraisals that you have had completed.
Make sure that the title is clear so there will be no surprises that pop up when you are trying to work through the closing process.
If home sellers follow these steps you will be well on your way to getting your home sold in no time. Working with pros is the best way to make sure that your house puts its best foot forward and that you are not missing any steps along the way. The more prepared you are before listing your house, the easier the process will go.