You’ve made the decision to sell your house, but where do you begin? The home selling process can seem overwhelming when you don’t have the proper knowledge and support. Check out these 6 tips for selling your house before you consider placing a for sale in your front yard.
Tip One – Real Estate Agent
Take all the knowledge and experience you have with real estate and place it on one side. Take all the knowledge and experience that a real estate agent has and place it on the other side. It’s easy to see why you need a professional real estate agent on your side when you do this comparison. You want someone who will communicate at the highest level, listen to your needs, and offer you advice that helps you make the best choices.
Tip Two – Preparation
Take a walk around your property and inside your house. Look for anything that needs attention. Make repairs and replacements as soon as possible to save time and money during the coming weeks. Keep in mind that your house will undergo inspections that can lead to embarrassing moments and delays if you don’t take care of these things now. Prime things to check include the roof, heating and cooling systems, and landscaping details.
Tip Three – How Much in My Home Worth?
Checking a home valuation tool can help you get a rough estimate of your home’s value, but you want something more accurate before determining your asking price. You real estate agent will provide you with a comprehensive report that determines your home’s value based on the current real estate market, recently sold homes like yours, any upgrades you’ve made, and other factors. Use this information and the advice of your real estate agent to set an asking price that will make a strong showing when your house is listed.
Tip Four – Staging
Grab a potential buyer’s interest by staging your house. Start at the curb by having a well maintained lawn. Inside the house, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. These rooms are hot spots for buyers, and you want to make them shine. Remove family photographs, personal collections, oversized furnishings, and anything that could be offensive. Choose neutral paint colors and decorations to create a wider appeal. Use pops of color to create interest.
Tip Five – Open House
During the time your house is on the market, you will have one or more open houses. These open houses give potential buyers a chance to take a closer look at the house. Your real estate agent will be on hand to answer any questions, and it’s a good idea for you to leave the area. Make plans to be elsewhere during the open house. If you have pets, make sure they are with you or another safe place. Removing your beloved pets from the house will keep them from dealing with anxiety that comes from having strangers in the house, and it will make your guests more comfortable if they have pet allergies.
Tip Six – The Process
Once people begin to tour your house, it won’t be long until you have one or more offers hit the table. You’ll need to look through the offers and choose the one that best fits your needs. Your real estate agent is a strong negotiator. They will work on your behalf when issues crop up that need attention after an offer is made by a buyer. Have patience during this part of the process and trust your agent’s knowledge and experience to make this a successful transaction.
Your best source for information about Santa Clara County is your real estate agent. Give Greg Pedone a call today at 408-234-0145 to learn more about the local area, discuss selling your house, or to set up a tour of available homes for sale.