1. Know Your Market
Before you put your house on the market, research your neighborhood and plan out a timeline for your sale. Depending on your pricing and time concerns, a house can either go immediately or take up to six months to find a satisfactory buyer. If you’re in a hurry to sell, be prepared to take a deal that may be well below your expectations.
2. Build A Great Impression
You’ll want your buyer to be able to visualize themselves living in your home. Clean up nicely, fix any lighting issues, and show how spacious the property is. Keep the closets clean to show how much space there is, and open the curtains to let as much light in as possible. Also, be upfront. If they ask about conditions and problems, you don’t want to lie and get caught. Even better, have an inspector check out your property to alleviate any concerns before they come up.
3. Hire A Good Agent
Don’t hire the first realtor you find in the newspaper. Instead, ask for advice, read reviews, and interview multiple agents before making a decision. A good agent with a solid track record can make things infinitely easier for you. Look past the pretty cover and make sure he or she isn’t more concerned with their image than helping you get the right deal.
4. Pretty Up The Right Things
Some people go to great lengths to make their properties more presentable to prospective buyers. However, These high priced investments rarely bring a good return. Don’t put in the fancy chandelier or a glass sunroof just to make a good impression. Instead, use that money to upgrade the kitchen and closets. Studies have shown that they’re the things people value the most in a home, and selling prices have gone up tangibly with them upgraded, as opposed to other more expensive items, which rarely bring about any sort of return. Be smart!
5. Always Be Ready
You never know when you might need to show your place to the next buyer. Keep your property in the best condition possible so that you don’t miss an opportunity for a potential deal. If you happen to be unavailable, don’t hesitate to call back and work out a schedule that works for the both of you. Don’t leave dirty dishes lying around, or the grass uncut. Remember, the devil is always in the details!