Get Ready for Selling Your Home
There’s a lot that goes into listing a home. It seems like you should just be able to put a “For Sale” sign out on the front lawn, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you start to think of selling.
Meet with multiple listing agents
Find someone that you trust and that you get along with. It could be a long process and you want a friend on the other end helping you out.
Make sure you understand your total costs: from closing costs, to inspection fees and home updates
It’s easy to forget all the sneaky costs that come up while selling, you don’t just get to pocket your profit. Make sure you get your agent to guide you through the estimated closing costs so you can prepare for them.
Get your DIY on or hire a professional to update quick fixes
Sometimes it makes sense to do a few updates to the house before selling. It can make your home more attractive to buyers. For some, it’s hard to see behind old paint and carpet so a few quick updates that you can even DIY can really help sell your home.
Ask to split staging costs
If you have a home with an awkward layout or a small home it’s great to have it staged. Small rooms can actually feel even smaller without furniture in them and no matter what the home is like, showing buyers how it could function makes them more likely to envision themselves there. Some agents will even pay for the whole staging bill. But, if they don’t bring it up, see if they would be open to splitting the cost.
Make sure you understand the comps in the area and how your house compares
Comparative listings are one of the biggest factors for determining a listing price. Your agent should provide you with recent sales in your neighborhood for similar square footage and bed/bath counts. They’ll look at how your house compares and set a price. Understanding these comps can make your house sell much faster. Sometimes you think/ “want” your house to be worth a certain price, but that doesn’t mean it it. Listen to your agent and you should be able to slap on that “Sold” sign in no time.