Do These Before Putting Your Home On The Market

Posted on: 25 March 2018

Do you want to sell your house fast and for the best possible price? Most home sellers will answer yes to that question; if you are one of them, then follow the tips below to help you achieve that objective.

De-Personalize the House

When potential buyers come to view your home, they want to picture themselves as living in the house; they don't want to see it as your home. This may seem funny, but the more you can help your buyers picture their lives in the house, the more it will be easier for you to sell the home. A good way of doing this is to get your personal items out of the way so that buyers may picture their personal items in those places instead.

Another advantage of de-personalizing the house is that it reduces the risk that you will offend your potential buyers with some of your personal items. For example, imagine what an animal rights activist would feel when they see stuffed animals all over your house.

Gather the Paperwork

Most people are aware that home buying involves voluminous paperwork, but do you also know that there is crucial paperwork involved in home selling? Things like warranty information, title deed, permits for renovations, appliances receipts, and tax information, among others. Gather these documents before putting your house on the market so that you don't start fumbling for them whenever they are required.

Commission A Pre-Sale Inspection

You also need to have the home inspected so that you can have its defects at your fingertips. This will also help you identify the areas that need improvement. That way you won't get surprised when buyers or home inspectors unearth crucial defects.

Get Written Repair Estimates

Once you know what needs to be fixed in your home, go ahead and get repair estimates for them. Having the repair estimates can help you better negotiate with the buyers. For example, a buyer won't convince you that the plumbing requires a $5,000 upgrade if you have multiple repair estimates all below $3,000.

Air Out and Light Up The House

Most people know that it's good to fix defects and generally improve the curb appeal before putting a house on the market. What you should also know is that airing out the house and lighting it up are crucial parts of the process. Both things will make your home look and smell clean, healthy and spacious. Few things are as off-putting as stepping into a dark, smelly room; having such rooms in your house will scare off potential buyers.

If you're ready to say "sell my house," contact your local real estate agent.