In the current real estate market, selling a home is about as popular—and sometimes as painful—as pulling teeth. If you’re looking to sell, observing these seven steps may help ease the pain.
- Fix the big stuff: These days, the only people selling fixer-uppers are giving them away for pennies on the dollar. A new roof and carpeting may cost $10,000, but not tending to those issues could cost double that on the sale.
- Fix the small stuff: Pretty houses sell, so trim the trees, fix cracks in the sidewalk, and consider paying a landscaper to dress up the front yard. Inside, replace worn or stained carpet, repaint the walls, and address even the smallest of flaws.
- Keep in neutral: Neutral colors give buyers the opportunity to visualize how they might turn your home into their home, and that’s a major step on the road to making a sale.
- Keep it clean: Vacuuming, dusting and scrubbing are no-brainers, but also keep the home clutter-free. This might entail renting a storage unit to move out all but the basic necessities, but the result will be a home that feels much more open and comfortable.
- List your home with an agent: Going solo is a tempting measure, but the fact is most people purchase homes through a real estate agent, and with such a saturated market, you’ll need every possible advantage.
- Be realistic on price, and be prepared to deal: Research the real estate market in your area, see what comparable homes are selling for, and be prepared to match those figures. Incentives like warranties or offering to help with closing costs can sweeten the deal.
- Stay current on the market: Prices can swing quite drastically in a relatively short time frame. Monitor local trends and keep your home priced accordingly. Such diligence can help you get the most from your home sale.