When it becomes time to sell your property, it can be hard to hear the painful truth that buyers are not as sentimental about your home as you are. There are some facts that must be faced when putting your house on the market. Here are some illustrations.
Change the décor of your home
You decorate your home to your taste, and you should. After all it is your retreat from the world. However, with so many home design programs available on TV, buyers have an expectation about how a home should look. It is so important to consider what potential buyers like and put aside personal preferences. This may require painting and some redecorating, but neutralizing your homes walls can help sell your home faster and for more money.
Do not over-improve your home
Keep in mind what the surrounding properties offer. They may not be as nice as yours, however, that only hurts the value of your home. Try to keep the investment in the same range as your neighborhood. Bear in mind that the stunning features of your home can expedite a sale but not necessarily for more money.
Should you get a contract for full asking price, the sales prices of the surrounding homes may not support the value when appraised. This would mean you would have to lower your price or the buyer would need to come up with more money as the bank will not lend money for a home that does not appraise.
Take Great care to make your home truly sparkle.
Cleanliness and organization are a chief aspect in the sale of property. Do what you can to eliminate clutter by using storage bins and benches. Now may be the time to clean out your closets and basement. After all you are moving! Time to make a few trips to the donation store. Some charities will even send a truck to your door to get your items. Sounds like a win win situation.
Because many property owners work outside of the home, it can become harder to keep in the house white glove clean all the time. If keeping the house clean is too much of a burden, contemplate hiring a cleaning service to come clean one or twice a week while it is on the market.
Your home may show better if it is vacant.
This may go against typical thinking, but some furnishings and personal touches can distract potential buyers from seeing your home as their new digs. Homes are also easier to clean and repaint when they are completely empty. If you are able to purchase your new home without selling your old one, this may be a great option. An added bonus is that buyers will not need notice to schedule a showing to see your home! This saves hassle and stress for both you and the buyer.
Above all listen to your real estate agent.
You hired your agent to do a job. Take her advice. It may be what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. That is what you are paying her for. It can be hard to hear that the home that you raised your family in is not the first potential buyer’s dream home. However, with a little effort, you can sell your home quickly and profitably