Published by Dave Banner on November 25, 2015
Regardless of your locality or career, odds are you will be involved in a real estate sales transaction at least once during your life. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of selling a property. Fortunately, there are many different resources available to demystify the process.
Before putting your home on the market, fit it with some energy-efficient appliances to increase its appeal. If you install energy star rated items, such as energy monitors, LED bulbs, and solar motion lights outdoors, people may be more likely to buy the house because they can save a great deal of money not having to buy those things themselves. If you have central heating/air in your home, you should have the system serviced before attempting to sell your home.
Buyers generally do not want to buy a home that requires an immediate large investment, like the purchase of a furnace, so if your heater and AC are good, it is more appealing to potential buyers. In many regions of the country, the housing market shows significant seasonal swings.
If you are selling your home during the fall, make sure you have the appropriate season's decorations up to welcome your viewers. During the autumn months, you should keep the yard well maintained. Ensure the leaves are raked and disposed of. Windows are always a strong selling point of any home, and having clean windows gives the property an updated look and feel.
Clear, gleaming windows enable the sunlight to flood into your home, making it appear freshly renovated. When there's a sparkle in your windows, it makes the house look like it's well maintained and attracts buyers that much more.
If you have chosen to do some inside painting before selling your home, be certain not to pick colors based on your taste. Rather, select neutral and appealing shades such as white, cream, or light beige. A freshly painted room will make your home loom more appealing to buyers, but only if the color of the room doesn't scare them off.
When you are either buying or selling a house, it is advisable you carefully select a real estate agent who will represent you. Find an agent who knows their job well and has a lot of experience. An agent with solid credentials is a real advantage you need to have on your side to sell your home quickly and make a good profit.
To encourage buyers to see a home as theirs, it is a good idea to remove your personal touches from public display. For example, you should take down your personal photographs and anything that identifies you as the owner. Potential buyers won't be able to picture their own family in your home if they only see your family there.
Make sure you clean up all the clutter to make the house look more spacious. Try to clean up the appliances and the counter tops. See to it that the floors are mopped and swept, and that your bathroom is clean. Ask your children to clean up their room. Keep laundry hidden and remove clothing from chairs, beds and floors.
A visibly clean house will prompt potential buyers to focus on the good things about the home, instead of the negatives. Paint your house in neutral colors; this will allow potential buyers to project their own ideas onto the home and more easily picture themselves living in it. Make cookies and light candles.
Not only will this make your home smell good, but you can offer the cookies to potential buyers. A warm atmosphere, a sense of peace and comfort, and inviting scents and sights might transform potential buyers into actual buyers. In most cases it is not necessary to invest a ton of cash into replacing your flooring before listing a home.
An exception would be cases in which the floor was exceedingly worn out, dated or dirty. New flooring is an expensive investment, and you will not be the one enjoying it. Instead, clean the floor thoroughly and repair any spots to minimize negative impressions. When trying to sell your home, make sure your roof is in good condition.
The fact is that a damaged roof is unappealing to potential buyers. If you don't want to fix your roof for some reason, give potential buyers a money-saving alternative to compensate for the investment they will have to make in having the roof repaired. For some people, buying real estate is the biggest investment they will ever make. If you are looking to sell that investment, you should know as much as possible about how the process works. Follow the advice you just read to help yourself make better deals.