Improving Your Odds When Selling Your Home

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Selling a home comes with a number of pitfalls and potential roadblocks that can delay a sale or stop it in its tracks. Avoiding these is part of why you hire a residential real estate agent in the first place, but even before you take that step, there are things you can do to improve your chances. Not only will you have a better chance of closing a sale, but many of these measures can also increase the value of your property.

Curb Appeal

First impressions mean a lot to potential buyers, so get the jump on the selling process by making sure the outside of your home presents an accurate picture of your home's value. This can be as simple as replanting flower beds, reseeding your lawn or repainting a fence. Curb appeal is all about perceived value, so making sure that the perception meets or exceeds the reality is a sure way to improve your odds of hearing an offer you're happy with.

The actual value of your home is determined by a professional appraisal after it's been listed, so don't worry about being dishonest in your presentation of it. In fact, the more favorably your home is perceived the more likely you are to get an offer that matches your listing price. For buyers' protection, it's not possible to list a home for more than its appraisal value, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't accentuate the positive characteristics your property offers.

Interior Improvements

Anyone who has ever bought or sold a home has heard the expression that bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. While this is true, a less well known fact is that buyers like knowing things are new. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in this regard, as long as it looks professionally done; the same is true of carpets.

Properly invested, you can see a large return on the money you spend on small improvements to your home shortly before a sale. New bathroom and lighting fixtures, updating ceiling fans and thorough cleaning count for a lot when selling a home.

Don't get into too much of a hurry to take certain steps, such as home inspections and appraisals. These will be taken care of after the home is listed or an offer is made, depending on your state's real estate laws. What you need to worry about prior to listing is making sure your home is in the best shape possible without spending the down payment for your next house in the process.


30 October 2014

A Successful Home Sale

Do you absolutely adore your home, but are planning an upcoming move due to a career change? If you’re moving in the near future, you might desperately desire to sell your current home as soon as possible. To help you accomplish this important task, consider hiring an experienced, real estate agent in your community. This individual can help you select the perfect selling price for your house. Your real estate agent can also provide valuable information about staging your home to perfection. For instance, to make your home more inviting, your real estate agent might suggest you purchase new bedding, window treatments, and artwork. On this blog, I hope you will discover how a real estate agent can help you sell your home fast. Enjoy!