Selling your home can be a trying and stressful time. Here are 5 things you can do to make your house more attractive to perspective buyers and help your home sell faster.
1. Clean, clean, clean - A professional cleaning service would be ideal, but if that is not in your budget, do the cleaning yourself. Make sure that you clean and scrub every surface in your home. This means the walls and the ceiling, the kitchen and bathrooms should be sparkling, and carpets should be steam cleaned. Cleanliness could be the deciding factor for a buyer who visits your home. You want to do everything you can to make your home a great choice.
2. Paint - You would be amazed how much better your house can look with a fresh coat of paint. You should also paint all of your rooms an off-white color. While you may like the colors you have put in your house, buyers would prefer to imagine how they can make your house their own and they can do this much easier if you give them a blank canvas. Also consider replacing any worn out flooring. Replacing the flooring beforehand is usually less expensive than having to give a buyer a flooring allowance.
3. Hire a Professional - REALTORS, real estate agents, and/or brokers can generally do so much more than you are able to on your own. Real estate agents can not only list and show your house, they can help you get a mortgage, they can do a group showing of your house to other agents in the area so that those agents can better represent your house to their clients. REALTORS can take a good deal of the stress off your shoulders by doing the leg work and a lot of the paper work. This is how they make their living, so let them do what they do best. Having a quality real estate agent could be the difference between selling your home being a miserable experience or a pleasant one.
4. Inspect - Do not make the mistake of not getting your house inspected before having it listed. You may think you have taken care of any problems, but it is always better to have your home professionally inspected so that there are no surprises later when a buyer has it inspected. Not having an inspection done can lead to a deal falling through or greater costs at having to fix a problem later and on a shorter schedule.
5. Costs - Be prepared for the costs of selling your home. Full service agents will most often get a commission of 6%. Depending on the market, many real estate agents will be willing to negotiate their commission. Ask your REALTOR how much they think closing costs will be. This can vary depending on where you live. Closing costs are generally comprised of the REALTOR'S commission, taxes, fees paid to the title company and any lawyers that may be involved.