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10 Things You Should Know About Selling Your House
Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 02:50:00 PM

10 Things You Should Know About Selling Your House

10 Things You Should Know About Selling Your House

If you are looking to sell your house soon for one reason or another, there are some things to consider before jumping right in. Selling a house is a big deal and you may need to take extra steps in getting the job done. Here are 10 things to consider when selling your house:

 

  1. Do You Feel Pressured to Sell?

If you're not really ready to sell but feel that you have to based on life changes, like the loss of a job or other hardship, stop and consider first. If money is the main issue there are other solutions besides selling and moving away, like renting out a room to a tenant.

 

  1. Consider the Time of Year

The housing market tends to be the busiest around spring because the weather is nice and families want to take the summer time to settle into a new house before the new school year begins. Christmas is when the market is at its slowest due to most sellers and buyers focusing on family and the holidays. However if you want to list in the winter anyway, you may have some good luck because there's less competition.

 

  1. Find Out What Your House is Worth

If you overcharge for your house or neighborhood, you are likely to get very few offers, if any. You can avoid this and get an idea of what your house may be worth by hiring an agent. Agents will look at other houses in the area and what they sold for to get an idea of what yours may be worth. This will help you later when you know about how equity you will have to work with when looking for a new home.

 

  1. Sweat Equity

Agents do a lot of hard work to help sell houses and they usually take around 2.5 percent of the profits as their salary. That tiny number adds up in a big sale like a house. So if you want to hold onto that extra few thousand, consider selling the house yourself. But be prepared to put in a lot of hours and resources to market your home.

 

  1. Find an Agent

If the DIY method is not for you, shop around for a real estate agent. Not all agents are created equal so be sure to choose a reputable one that suits your needs and your style. After all it is your money at stake and you want a reliable agent who knows how to sell a house.

 

  1. Clean and Declutter

When you put your house on the market, you don't want buyers having to look past piles of mail and miscellaneous junk to see the sparkling gem that your house truly is. Deep cleaning and getting rid of excess clutter will help prospective buyers see more potential in the house. De-cluttering will also help tremendously when it comes time to move.

 

  1. Fix Up the Exterior

The difference between a walk-through and a drive-by can be in how the house looks on the outside. Peeling paint and old junk in the yard turns buyers off, so roll up those sleeves and rent a dumpster, because it's time to make the exterior sparkle like new.

 

  1. Appeal to the Mainstream

When taking photos for flyers or preparing for walk-throughs, it is important to keep your house as clean and de-personalized as possible. While your friends love your quirky wall art, buyers usually want to see a blank slate so they can personalize the house for themselves later.

 

  1. Consider a Stager

Stagers are professionals who bring rented furniture and decorations into a home to make it more appealing during the selling process. A great stager can make a home look irresistible to potential buyers.

 

  1. Market and Advertise

No one will buy your house if they don't know it's for sale. Solve that problem by putting the sign out on the front lawn, advertising in the newspaper and online. There is always the option to have an open house as well.


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