Many have the notion that selling your home is as easy as selling a cake in a bakery, but it is not. It requires more than just sticking up a “garage sale” sign and expecting people to come right up your front step to buy. Selling a home is never a “piece of cake.” In fact, it requires a lot of time and effort to sell a property and close the deal.
While selling a home may vary from state to state, the process is almost identical.
Here are steps and helpful tips for selling your home:
Selling a home takes a toll, especially on your emotions. There have been numerous homeowners who thought they were ready to sell, only to find out that they still had an emotional attachment to their home and ended up backing out of the sale. It is essential that homeowners are ready in all aspects.
Home selling entails a complex process, including cleaning, de-cluttering, repairs, environmental concerns, settling of taxes, filling in forms such as property disclosure forms, and so on and so forth.
Choose a Real Estate Agent
The best way to handle all the requirements mentioned above is to hire someone who can help you with all those hassles. Real estate agents can help you not just to advertise your property, but can also assist you with all legal requirements and everything that you need to know and take care of when selling your property.
Make sure your Home is Ready
For your home to be sellable, it has to be ready for all contingencies that may arise, such building inspections for water portability, lead, septic and oil tanks, as well as pest inspections for termites and molds.
Determine your Home Price
For this, you have to get a suburb report done. Local property professionals will assess your home’s location, its home age, the materials, the size of the property, your neighborhood, and all the specifications that can determine the market value of your home.
Advertise your Home
This part you have to leave to your real estate agent. You have to make sure, however, that you protect the privacy of your home as well. If your agent has to take pictures of your home, make sure to take away things such as picture frames or diplomas that you wish to keep private.
If you have to show your home together with your real estate agent to a potential client, make sure they will not nose around your cabinets, closets, etc. This way, if the potential client does not buy, you will be spared from the embarrassment of showing off skeletons in your closet.
Once you have closed a deal with a potential buyer, make sure that your real estate agent helps you with all the legalities needed, including contract signing, transferring of papers to the new owner, deeds, the loan papers, and billings. By closely monitoring the progress of your sale with your real estate agent, the sale of your home will be a “piece of cake.”
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