If you’re planning on selling your home there are a few cost-efficient steps you can take in order to assure your house shows and sells effectively. Before you put your house on the market you should first have it inspected by a licensed professional. The inspector will check several structural elements, plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation and central air units to assure safety regulations are met. This inspection is important to finish before anything else as it allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical inspector or buyer, and not as the person who has lived there for a period of time. Inspections will also allow you to locate and fix any issues or problems before a potential buyer does.
Depending on the listing contract you’re planning to use, meet with the appropriate professional to discuss pricing details. If you’re selling by owner and willing to work with an agent, an open listing is most common. This gives real estate agents permission to bring potential buyers into your home for viewings and then earn commission if and when your home is sold. If you don’t know where or how to find an agent, contact Guaranteed Rate and one of our Loan Officers will direct you to a real estate agent who will build a relationship and stay in touch with you throughout the entire process.
If you choose to hold showings in your home it’s key to remember that first impressions are important. Having fresh paint and neat landscaping will create a sense of what the showing will be like for viewers. Obviously, clean windows, carpet and walls are expected. Pack up personal photos and heirlooms so buyers can see the home not as yours, but as their own. Personal artifacts will distract viewers from what the home truly can be for them. Doing as little as nicely organizing your closet, kitchen cabinets and rows of shoes will give off the impression that the house has received good care and attention from its owner. This will increase the likelihood that a buyer will make an offer. These steps will help provide a greater chance of receiving your asking price and can make the selling process and transition easier.