Selling a house can be both exciting and stressful. There are a few things you can do to prepare to sell your house quickly, with the least amount of stress, and for the most money.
Prepare to Sell Your House With a Real Estate Agent
The first step in selling a house is finding a professional real estate agent who has experience, knows the local market, and has a successful system for marketing. The broker should do a comparative market analysis for you, showing you the current sales and listings in your area. The agent can advise you on the listing price and what to expect when negotiating. They should also provide information about anticipated closing costs so that you know your bottom line.
Pre-Listing Home Inspection
It is helpful to have a professional pre-listing inspection done before you put your home on the market. The inspector will go over any defects and safety hazards found and provide you with a report. It’s advisable to repair or replace anything found that is defective or hazardous. This will put a buyer’s mind at ease. It will also allow you to tackle problems before the buyer’s inspection finds them.
Boost Curb Appeal to Prepare to Sell Your House
A first impression can make or break a real estate deal. You want your home’s exterior to look pleasing so that buyers are immediately interested. Keep your lawn mowed and free of weeds. Manicure your landscaping by trimming bushes and putting down fresh mulch. Trim trees so they aren’t hanging over the roof or sidewalk. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door to boost your curb appeal.
Prepare the Interior and Stage the Home
Selling a house is easier with a few updates and home staging. Painting rooms that need fresh color makes a big difference. Update flooring if it’s too worn. Replace outdated light fixtures. Your real estate agent will give you advice about home staging and how to prepare your house for sale. You can even hire a professional to stage your property.
Have Professional Photos Taken to Prepare to Sell Your House
The first place buyers will see your home is probably online. Quality photos when selling a house are a must. Professional real estate photographers will have a wide camera lens. They will know how best to adjust the light, colors, and shadows in the pictures.
List, Show, Negotiate, and Sell
You will sign a listing contract with your real estate agent to sell your house. Your agent and agents from your local marketplace will be able to show your home if they have a potential buyer. Your real estate agent will help you negotiate the price and other terms of the sale. Once everyone has been agreed upon, you will have a signed contract.
It is helpful to hire an attorney to work with you through closing. Your real estate agent will probably be able to recommend someone who they have experience with. The attorney will order the title, survey, and prepare the necessary paperwork for the closing.
Preparing to sell your home is a lot of work. Hire a real estate agent to guide you through the process and help you with a satisfactory sale.
Homeworx Services, Inc. offers home inspections, including pre-listing inspections, to customers in the northern part of Virginia. Contact us to request our services.