Though selling a house is no easy matter but still people are managing to do that. Some do better than others. Your preparation before the house hits the market is vital as this would make the difference between a happy ending or otherwise. If you want to get money for your house, here is a list of things you must know well:
1. Getting A Certified Realtor
Do not overlook the need for a professional real estate agent. Not all of them are similarly efficient, so choose the best person for your purpose. A good experienced realtor can truly make a difference. However, you have to be smart enough to make the right choice and in the process of selecting a realtor you may use interviewing or other methods to judge his standing and expertise. The realtor will help you research the market and further planning.
2. Gathering The Documents
Realtor should know the required documents for selling your house. Information on repair works and major mechanics done on the house should be handy for the realtor’s work. Instrument survey, the age of the water heater and boiler (if any), permits like fence, shed or deck permits, age of the central air conditioning or heating system and relevant instruction manuals etc. primarily form the list of documents the realtor may ask you to gather. As well as any other documents that may help the realtor to market your house online and offline are part of the check-list.
The real estate markets differ on the time for best sells. Learn the best time at your place when you may get the best price for your property. Generally, March to May or the spring season stands as the better real estate season in comparison to the winter for several reasons. Although, it’s not impossible to sell in winter but decide a good time in accordance to your feasibility and business in the market. You could make a real-time comparison among spring, fall and winter scenario of the market with the help of your realtor – the issue is you want to have the best price, so best timing is a bullet point for that.
4. Pre-Listing Inspection
Arrange an inspection for your house with a professional and experienced home inspector, preferably a member of the government authorized inspection body or ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) in the States. The inspector will inform the issues he found during the inspection and you have to address those in a good time. Confirm that the images are submitted properly so that you can concentrate on their resolution and prepare ahead.
5. Preparing The House
Essentially selling the house is not an easy task, it requires lots of things to checked and examined. Your realtor will help you with the issues you need to look at. A walk-through the house can help pin down things in need of renovation or rectification. In order to, make a great first impression that your house will give to the potential buyers, your preparations will hook the liver. Check the walls and floors, doors and windows, roofs – paint where necessary and little renovation may make the deal or otherwise these could also break it.
Pricing takes the major bit after you prepare your house for the sale. Do not over price or put a price that would deprive you from a better sale. This is quite critical, discuss with your realtor, survey the market and match the timing and fix a price that would give room for attracting the buyers as well as will not let you down.
7. Solving Legal Issues and Showtime
A critical aspect for selling your house is to deal with the legalities that mostly involves the contracts and closings. You may rely on the realtor, though it depends on his level of experience, to delve into these issues. Otherwise you may take help from someone who has a sound knowledge on the legal issues. As soon as you clear up the legalities, arrange time for viewing. It is necessary that you keep a convenient time in the weekends as well as during the week, so that the maximum number of buyers can visit the house. Keep a clean house and use the flyers, offer the maximum access to the corners, kitchen, bath and store etc. So that the buyer has a complete glance of the house that he will buy with the price you want.