Selling Your Home
TIP #1: Gather The Facts
Know the facts about your home that may be important to potential buyers, including the age and condition of the roof, HVAC system, plumbing and electrical. Also, gather the dates and important information about any remodels and other improvements to your home.
TIP #2: Compile Important Paperwork
Pull together any warranty paperwork and other important documentation that may need to be shared once your home is sold. Potential buyers may also want to know the average utility bills, including energy, gas, and water.
TIP #3: Price It Right
Consult your realtor to determine pricing and a marketing strategy that best fits your home. At this time, your realtor will also provide suggestions for any repairs or reasonable improvements that may be necessary prior to listing.
TIP # 4: Show It Off
Get your home ready for showings and walk-throughs – declutter the main living area, depersonalize personal spaces, clean and showcase your home’s high points.
Your realtor can make recommendations to get your home in tip-top shape to make a great first impression.
Also, keep in mind that we live in a high-tech and fast-paced world, so be prepared for last-minute showings and walk-throughs on short notice. Bottom line…always be ready to show!
TIP # 5: Prepare For An Offer
Understand timing and set realistic expectations. It’s also good to have your move well-planned but to also have a back-up plan, just in case.
To ensure you know what’s in store when you get that first offer, be sure to calculate your selling expenses and expected proceeds from the sale. It’s also a good time to become familiar with the negotiation and contract processes. Your realtor can help guide you through each step.
TIP # 6: Don't Take It Personal
For the most successful selling process, it’s important to disassociate yourself with your home and be emotionally ready to sell.
Be sure to take the time to walk through your home to make sure all projects are finished. It’s also good to expect some repairs – and understand the costs associated with those repairs. A good rule of thumb? If you know it’s broken, fix it up – it will save you the frustration in the end.