Top 5 Things to Consider Before Selling Your Home

Things to Consider When Selling Your Home

32% of buyers’ agents believe staged homes increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer by 1-5%. Source: National Association of Realtors

1. Organize Your Information

Get organized by gathering information, paperwork and documents about your home. Gather all the manuals for any major appliances in your home. Also, include any paperwork on updates that have been done to the home. All of this information will help the future buyers know about who you used for maintenance, how much utility bills have been, and anything else that pertains to the home. This will also help your realtor write an outstanding bio on how well you have looked after the house.

2. Repair or Replace

Potential buyers will find out sooner or later what is or what might be wrong with the house. So start getting estimates early on any possible minor or major repairs. If you have been putting off updating that furnace, now may be the time to do so. Unless your home is brand new with all updated appliances you can expect some bargaining from potential buyers asking for less due to upgrade costs. By getting estimates before you put the house on the market will let you know what you are dealing with financially.

3. Freshen Up the Place

Take a good look at every room in your home. If you feel like the paint is outdated than maybe it’s time to re-paint with a neutral color. Ask yourself, when was the last time you had the carpets professionally steamed cleaned? Try and remove any rust stains in the bathroom and maybe even put a new stain on the deck. These small investments make all the difference when selling your home and making it more attractive to potential buyers.

4. Choosing When to Sell

If you’re unsure on to when to put your house on the market, most experts agree that earlier in the year is best. Most buyers and sellers with children will want to wait to move toward spring, when school is ending. It can make the transition to moving to a new school much easier on the family as a whole. Although, traditionally the Spring market is very strong, fall can also be a great time of year to have your house on the market. There is more science to it, so it’s important to talk to your real estate agent about the overall trends for your region.

5. Finding the Right Agent

Which bring us to your real estate agent. Searching for the right real estate agent means everything. You need someone who is an expert in the surrounding area and knows current market trends. One that will be honest with you from the beginning, and give you realistic expectations about what your home is worth. The right real estate agent is your advocate and will never leave you in the dark.

If you are considering putting your home on the market then contact J.J. Fegan today. With over 20 years of experience with RE/MAX, J.J. can ease you through the obstacles of selling of selling a home.



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