Getting Your House Ready to Sell
Selling your own home is never easy, and the difficulties are more than just missing an agent. There are those memories and sense of belonging to get over, for one. You want to make sure the house you’ve lived in moves to the best buyer possible – and you want to make sure they’re willing to pay what its worth. Do you really think you can do this? A lot of people manage to sell their own home quickly. Here are some tips that might help:
Ensure that all the legal issues have been dealt with before you even consider handing your house over. Does your state law require you to give property disclosures to potential buyers? It’s always a good idea to invest in a qualified lawyer to help you.
A lawyer is also useful for helping draw up the contract. To sell your own home you’ll need a contract that will protect both you and the buyer – think about the buyer’s deposit and the local estate laws.
A useful, but normally disregarded, tip in selling your own home is make sure you pick out the best picture to put in the advertisements. Like humans, not all houses are equally photogenic, so pick out the best angle that still represents what your house has to offer.
Something the agents have and you don’t is experience, especially in observing buyers. The number of potential buyers coming to your house should not convince you that everyone can afford to buyr a house. If you’re selling a house on your own, more buyers will come in hope of a more flexible negotiation – check them all. Find out is they can buy your house immediately, or do they need to sell their own house first.
Cleaning and preparing your house for home showings is only a part of your effort. Some potential buyers love to do drive-bys, and rely on that first impression. Make sure your lawn and the front part of your house is well maintained. If your curb appeal is low, clients may simply drive on.
These tips on selling your own home came from people who managed to sell their house successfully. There’s a lot to consider before you take every next step, so take your time. And remember, it’s useless to do the selling on your own if the revenue taken from not hiring an agent is spent heavily on fixing your own mistakes!