Selling your first home can be an emotional experience, this was your first step on the path to the American Dream. For many homeowners it is difficult to take the emotion out of the equation and look at your house objectively as an asset. Your house is probably your largest financial asset so you need to go into the sale process with your eyes wide open to get the best price possible. Getting your home ready to sell is crucial to getting the best price. Let’s have a look at what you need to do.
Do You Have Clear Title to the Property?
Double check and make sure that there are no issues with the title that could ruin a sale. If there are outstanding issues then you need to clear them up right away, issues can include work done to your home without proper building permits, permits not properly closed out, tax or contractor liens. Anything that can cause problems with a sale needs to be rectified, neither you nor your potential buyer likes surprises.
Have your Home Evaluated
If you are working with a real estate agent they will do this for you, but if you are planning to sell on your own then you want a professional evaluation done. You need someone who can look at your home objectively. Homeowners who sell their homes themselves tend to overprice because of the emotional attachment to it. You need someone who will be honest with you and point out the flaws, and someone who understands what buyers look for.
Fix What Needs Fixing
Unless you are selling to an investor who buys homes “as is” then you need to address the issues that were pointed out during the evaluation. Do you have cupboard doors that won’t close properly, then you need fix it. You don’t need to do a complete renovation but paint the rooms that need it, patch any holes in the walls, make sure all the doors and windows work, fix leaky taps all of the minor repairs that you can take care of.
Clean From Top to Bottom
You will need to scrub down your house from top to bottom including ceilings, walls and windows. You are also going to want to start cleaning the clutter and packing away personal and unnecessary items. You will need to get your home ready for open houses and that includes taking all of your personal items out. Start the packing early, you want buyers to be able to see themselves in your house.
Work with a Realtor
Selling a house is a full time job, just not your full time job. Look for an agent that you are comfortable with who can help you through the process. Real estate is complicated and has a ton of paperwork let them help you through the process. It will also help you get the best price possible for your home.