When it is time to sell your home, there is so much to think about. What should you do first, second, third and even last? Well, the first thing you must do is take a deep breath and start organizing the exciting process. And, by coming here, you have started in the right place.
Often when we are faced with what we feel is a large task, like selling our home, many of us tend to procrastinate. But, remember this can be an exciting time and will go quicker than you think, especially if you follow some great tips we have for you.
So, let’s take a look at a few well-known tips that will get your momentum up and off to the races.
Find a Real Estate Agent
You may be considering selling your home as a for sale by owner (FSBO), however, it is most often advisable not to do so. Real estate transactions can get complicated over the course of the sale. Hiring an expert can alleviate a lot of stress, allow you more time to continue your everyday routines and focus on keeping the home in tip-top shape.
It is important to do some research to find that realtor who will fit your needs and be a good match. Ask around, look up local agents on the internet and read some reviews. Don’t be afraid to reach out to multiple agents and interview them.
Finding a local realtor that has experience in your market, such as Jensen and Company in the Park City, Utah area, is essential. They can effectively strategize selling your home between open houses, showings, marketing through social media, ads or whatever the local trend may be that results in a fast sale for you.
Fix The Broken Pieces
Every homeowner knows just what this means, even though we would like to think all is good in our home. For example, you may be able to deal with that leaky faucet or door that won’t latch, but someone approaching your home and excited to move in may not feel the same. The tiny stuff adds up and can turn potential buyers off with a worry that bigger issues may be lurking.
In addition, a potential buyer when considering an offer will want the home to be inspected. Being proactive will help you sell your home faster as there will be no delays on required repairs after your home has gone through inspection.
Price it Right
Your home is your castle, as they say, however, it is not yet someone else’s castle and the potential buyer is hoping to find a great house for just the right price. It is hard to let go of the number you may have in your head, but sometimes that is necessary. Homes that are priced right for your market taking the size of your home, amenities it may come with and other factors will sell much faster.
Pricing is another great reason to reach out to a real estate agent to assist you in the selling process. Realtors are trained to assess the market, do comparables of other homes in your area and scope out the competition to find the best price point resulting in a quick offer on your home.
Now that you have decided to sell your home, it is time to open up space and show off how much of it you have to potential buyers. It may sound daunting, but cleaning out closets, storage areas, basements, and garages are a must at this time. Buyers like to know there is plenty of space for the things they will be bringing with them.
Donate unused goods to your local community shelters or host a garage sale for some extra cash. In the meantime, if needed try to box up or bin your items in an organized fashion within a storage area. The organization helps clutter look less overwhelming. Plus, buyers will sometimes take into consideration that you are in the process of getting ready to move, hence organized packed items are a little more forgiving.
Styles vary from individual to individual. Your style is important to you for everyday comforts within your home. But, now someone new needs to be able to envision themselves in your home. Their style needs to come alive. If your personal style is overwhelming, then the buyer’s imagination may not be able to blossom while walking through your halls.
Try to remove family photos, magnets or schoolwork from the refrigerator and mail from the counter. You can even go as so far to remove pieces of furniture that are not essential to everyday living. This can only create more visual space for those house hunters.
A lot of nerves can take over when you are considering selling your home due to issues your home may have. Maybe you get water in your basement now and then or maybe the electrical outlets need to be upgraded, either way, be honest. If there are things you are not willing to fix or cannot afford to fix, being upfront with your realtor or potential buyer can really help weed out buyers who will not be willing to take those issues on.
It is understandable that all items may not be able to be fixed and perhaps selling your home in “as is” condition will be your best option. So, being honest is your first step in that realm. Talk to your realtor and they will help you navigate through these issues.
Cleaning is absolutely essential to selling your home faster and for the best price as well. This tip has been left for last because it is a continuous step throughout the entire selling process. Kitchens and bathrooms are two rooms that should be given extra attention. Be sure to get as much shine as you can from your faucets, appliances, countertops, and floors. Sweep, vacuum and add special touches like cleaning the windows, woodwork, and fans for that extra fresh sparkle.
Make it easy on yourself and create a cleaning schedule for the week. This way, when the call pops up from a real estate agent to schedule a showing, you are locked and loaded. The house is clean, you are confident and you can continue to go about your day in hopes that showing leads to an offer.
No need to be overwhelmed when it is time to sell your home. You can sell it fast if you follow these simple steps. Take the stress out of the process and check into hiring a real estate agent to help guide you every step of the way. With a clean, fixed-up, decluttered, priced-right home, that offer will be waiting for you not long after you list it for sale.
If you’re looking for real estate help in the Park City UT area, don’t hesitate to contact us!