If you’re thinking of selling your home, it’s smart to prepare a home selling plan before you start making repairs or marking a date on your calendar for an open house. Prepare your property, making repairs if necessary. Interview real estate agents and be open to suggestions for a listing price. Of course, you want the most money you can get for the property, but that might not happen if you make costly home selling mistakes along the way. Here are steps you can take to make your home sale a success.
Consider Your Motivation
Explore your reasons for selling. Maybe this isn’t the ideal time for you to sell if you aren’t really committed. Perhaps the current market isn’t ideal. Try comparing the pros and cons—staying a while longer versus selling right now—in a written list to determine if you’re making the right move. Talk to trusted professionals and gather opinions.
Call Real Estate Agents
Interview real estate agents and talk to at least three neighborhood specialists. Ask each listing agent to present a comprehensive marketing plan that explains what they’ll do to market your home. Ask the agents to prepare comparative market analyses for you so you have an idea of home values in your area.
Prepare Your Home for Sale
Compare suggestions and consider accepting the most sound advice. In general, you’ll want to remove any bulky, excess, or worn-out furniture. Stick extra stuff in the garage or a private storage unit, or just throw it out if it’s in really bad shape. Give the place a good, deep cleaning. Hire a professional if necessary.
Decide on How to Price Your Home
Don’t select an agent based on the sales price they suggest. Some will try to overbid each other to get the listing. And do not overprice. Homes that are overpriced often sell for less than market value, if they sell at all. Review those comparative market analyses you asked for, and look into other nearby homes that are on the market. You might even consider getting a professional appraisal so you have a firm, unbiased opinion as to what your home is really worth.
RE/MAX Realty Professionals—The Results Team—is ready to help you buy or sell your home! Visit www.calltheresultsteam.com. Or call Lesa Miller at 812-360-3863 and Jenivee Schoenheit at 317-258-0995.