We’re back for part two of our series on how to sell your home. After you’ve found your new home, it’s important to look back at your own home to determine what repairs and general tasks need to be done to get it ready for the market. It can be as simple as new paint and carpet or a deep cleaning. It doesn’t always have to be a full kitchen or bathroom remodel. Sometimes, “lipstick repairs” are enough to get the house in a good, showable condition that will fit in with the market. To learn more about this home-selling step, watch my latest video.
The very first step when selling your home should be to determine whether you can find a new home to move into. What are your criteria for your new home, where are you going, and what are you trying to accomplish?
We can help you make a top-10 list of things you’re looking for in your home, then research the marketplace to determine if homes like that are out there for you. If they are, we might even want to get out and look at a few of them before we list your home for sale.
"We can help you make a list of things you’re looking for in a home."
When we determine that the market does have a home that fits your needs, then we can start the process of listing your home. This begins before we put the...
Quite frankly, one of the hardest things to do in real estate is to live in your home while it’s for sale. You want to keep it a liveable environment for you and your family, but you also want it to show well and be free of clutter. So today, we'd like to share some tips with you.
To begin with, you want to begin packing things up. You know you’ll be moving at some point, so you might as well start working on closets and other areas you don’t access often. Have a garage sale for things you want to get rid of, donate things you don’t need, and so on. You want potential buyers to see there will be ample space for them if they choose to move in.
How long will it take your home to sell once you put it on the market? There are many factors to consider, but these four will give you a good idea of what to expect:
1. Location. For example, does the home back into a busy road or is it tucked away in a nice, quiet cul-de-sac? Also, what’s the home’s elevation like? Is the backyard sloped in any way?
2. Price. Pricing your home is like going deep-sea fishing—you can have the best equipment possible and know where the fish are, but if you don’t drop the bait where they’re swimming, you won’t get any bites. Similarly, if you don’t price your home where buyers are looking, you won’t get any bites either.
Posted by Wesley Harper on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:15 PMBy Wesley Harper / July 22, 2017Comment
The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.
Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more attention. Potential buyers are always looking no matter the time of year. Keeping your house on the market in the winter might bring the right buyer to your door. Real estate agents also tend to be less busy during these months and commit more time to getting your home sold.
Studies have shown winter buyers are buying because they need to move right away either for a relocation or personal situation. They will want to close quickly and allow for a much smoother sale.
If you need to sell your home right away, or have some time but want to see what is out there, consider listing in the winter. Most homeowners who are going to sell will list their home in the spring, making for a competitive market. The winter allows buyers who are in a hurry to move consider your home and sell for more money than you would have in the spring.