The Online Listing
The real estate market can be difficult, and selling a home is not always easy, its not a sell house fast blast like many think. There are things you can do to make selling your home a little less stressful, and much simpler. Most people interested in purchasing a home look at the online listings. If they are not impressed with what they see, they will not bother coming to look at your home. The key is the pictures, and you must make certain they are compelling. Photograph the rooms in the best possible light, and include a nice photo of the front of your home. Take a video of your home, simply walk through the rooms, and talk about why you love your home, a favorite local restaurant, a nice park, etc. There are numerous online sites where you can post your video. Let the byers know your home was taken care of, and loved.
Remember your home has a lot of competition on the market. Complete any home repairs that have not been done. Take care of any doors, or cabinets that squeak, paint the walls, repair any dings, scratches, or nicks, replace any carpeting that is stained, or torn, make certain every door handle, and knob works correctly, anything that does not look right to you, will not look right to the potential buyers. Make certain your home is clean, including floors, light fixtures, molding, doors, vents, and windows. You want your home reflected in the best possible way.
The first thing a potential buyer will see is the outside of your home. Power wash any siding, paint any walls that are faded, chipped, cracked, or dull. Mow the lawn, remove any weeds, place a nice seating area on the front porch, and lawn furniture in the backyard. Any decorations that make your yard look inviting will paint a picture you want people to see. Make certain your mailbox is in good shape, have any stains, or spots from your driveway removed, be certain your garage door is in good repair.
Prepare Your Home
Remove any personal memorabilia from your home including photographs of your family, all religious decorations, and objects made by your children. You do not want to present a home that appears cluttered. Remove unnecessary items from the tops of tables, kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, and the garage. When potential buyers walk through your home, they will be imagining what it would look like if they lived there. This is difficult to do if there are items belonging to your family on every possible surface. Throw away any items you do not plan to take with you, pack the rest in boxes, then place them in storage, or with a friend.
Select an agent with experience that you have confidence in, then listen to them. They will base the worth of your home on recent sales in your area for comparable homes. If you ask more than your home is worth it will not sell. Follow the recommendations made by your agent. They want your home to sell as much as you do, and they know exactly what is required to sell a home in your area.