The process of selling of your own home without a real estate agent will help you save a very impressive amount of money. However, there is a reason why most people, when selling their homes, prefer to seek help from professionals, as selling real estate property requires a lot of work, technical knowledge and special patience. Whether you are selling a house for the first time or you simply want to avoid your past mistakes, you need to start by drawing up a good plan.
Clean the house. If you consider
selling your home, you should clean it thoroughly starting from the basement to the attic. Do not forget about those places that are usually cleaned rarely – skirting boards, blinds, windowsills, the drain on the roof etc. A clean house will allow buyers to see it in the best light and really appreciate it. And, of course, a clean house is more attractive in general.
Assess your property financially. Of course, you would like to sell your house for the highest price possible, but you should stay realistic. Many house sales fail only because their owners often set a price, which significantly exceeds the market value. Some homeowners just want to get a certain amount of money and do not want to bargain. A professional assessment of the value of your property by a third party will help you determine the proper price. In addition, the presence of a certain certificate provided by such third party guarantees that you will not hear complaints from buyers regarding the overestimation of the house value.
Prepare your house for the new owners even before you put up your house for sale. Buyers are lazy by nature. If they understand that before they can move into a new house, they will have to carry out additional gardening, conduct some kind of sanitary and electrical work, they will most likely refuse to buy it, even if everything else suits them perfectly.
Think about the advantages of your house. Before you start selling it, make a list of the advantages your house possesses, which, most likely, will attract buyers. Such advantages could include a good neighborhood, a good school nearby, freshly done renovation, vinyl windows, new appliances, etc. Emphasize these benefits in the ad. Do not forget to mention them when talking to potential buyers too.
Properly choose the time for the sale. Remember that the surge in the real estate market occurs in the summer: firstly, people prefer to look for a new place when it is warm, and secondly, their children will not have to change school in the middle of the school year. Start the sale in April or May and continue this process throughout the summer. If by the end of autumn the house is not sold, curtail your efforts and try again next spring.
Spread the word about the fact that you are selling your house. The easiest way to go about this is to put the “For sale” sign near the house. In addition, you can also make use of
classifieds for free.