Make small fixes. Inspect your
home with a buyer’s eyes, and correct the flaws that are most egregious
(if affordable) or can be relatively
easily fixed—from repairing cracks in
the walkways to repainting dingy walls or oiling creaky hinges.
Decide whether to work with an agent or self-sell. For
a commission, an agent will take care of many details you may not want
to be bothered with (placing ads, fielding calls,
making signs, etc.) and bring
experience to the table. To find a good one, ask friends and relatives,
then interview several
candidates. Have each one walk through
your house to see how he or she would price it and how the two of you
get along. Sign
an agreement for the shortest
commitment possible, usually three to six months. If you self-sell, help
is available (for a
fee) at forsalebyowner.com.
Set a price. A
real estate agent will give you a market analysis free of charge or
commitment. Ask a few to get a broader picture of the
market, then ask to see listings for
properties similar to yours that have sold in the past six months. Check
listings yourself in the real estate
section of your newspaper or on websites. Or get an analysis from a
(appraisalinstitute.org). Then decide
whether you want a quick, easy sale or the highest possible price.
Clean and declutter. Weed out excess furniture, knicknacks, and “stuff”—toss it, donate it, give it away, sell it at a yard sale, or put it into
storage—so the house seems more spacious and buyers can imagine themselves in it.
Decide whether to do a prelisting inspection. It may save you time, especially with older homes, to identify—and potentially solve—problems your buyer’s inspection will
Stay vigilant about maintenance. From
the moment you start showing your house, keep the lawn mowed, shrubs
trimmed, gardens weeded, rooms spotless and clutter-free.
Ready your home for show days. Hide
pocketable valuables, display fresh flowers or bowls of fruit, bake a
batch of cookies for the homey smell, open the
drapes, keep pets out of sight, and
stay quietly in the background (or leave, if an agent is showing your
Start organizing for your move. Once the sale is final, use the Moving Checklist to help you hire movers, order supplies, and pack up your belongings.
Author:Michelle Cantrell Phone: 417-860-6505 Dated: December 12th 2013 Views: 3,567 About Michelle: Michelle is a native of Southwest Missouri and has twenty-five years of experience in selling real e...
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