The Ultimate Checklist for Selling Your Home
Selling a home is easier said than done, and involves a great deal of preparation and work. There’s a lot that goes into the process. Here’s a basic run-down of what you need to know.
Step Up the Curb Appeal
There’s a good chance that potential buyers may not even visit your home if there’s no curb appeal. After all, first impressions count for a lot! Lawn maintenance and landscaping are two easy to ensure the curb looks attractive. Plus, your front entrance should be welcoming – add some pretty potted plants outside and give the front door a fresh lick of paint.
Brighten up the insides
Potential buyers are likelier to be swayed by welcoming looking homes that appear like they’d be great to live in. So clean up the inside of your home. De-clutter the place: throw away trash and keep items you don’t want any more aside to donate or sell. Clean out every drawer and closet inside and out. You should also paint the house, let in more light by opening the draperies and adding more lamps, and take care of minor repairs and maintenance issues.
Get professional help
Don’t make the mistake of trying to sell the house yourself. You have less knowledge of the market than a professional will, as well as less experience and expertise. Selling a house is a lot harder than it looks, and the inexperienced seller could fall into any number of pitfalls. A professional will be able to guide you through the process better. They will also help you price your home after doing a market analysis of the value of your home, and factoring in its special features and general condition. If you’re worried about the expense, try using sites that offer cheap conveyancing services for sellers
Put the home on the market
Your agent will be promoting the house in print as well as digitally, and at this point, you should be hearing requests to show the home. Your task now is to have appointment times. The more appointments with potential buyers the better, since you’ll be likelier to sell the house quickly at your desired price. Be flexible with your schedule, and try to be readily available. Make the showings memorable as well as pleasant. You can have soft music playing, attractive houseplants and fresh flowers.
Evaluate the responses and accept an offer
Take your time to think over all the offers you receive. Don’t be in a rush to accept the first offer you get – weigh all of them equally. Only negotiate or accept the offers that appear satisfactory. How acceptable an offer is depends on a number of factors, such as whether you have time to wait for other offers, or how high the costs of waiting for a better offer are. Make sure to consult your realtor and consider all relevant factors before reaching a decision. Your realtor will be able to provide you with professional advice regarding the acceptability of the offer, and help you consider other offers in the marketplace.