Selling your home is a big decision. If you have been transferred than the decision has been made for you. If you would like to move for other reasons, than you must ask yourself some questions. Why are you moving? Need more space? Less space? New area? Or is it the commute? In order for us to find the new home for you, we need to know your motivation.
Every person selling wants the same thing. To sell their home for as much as they can in the least amount of time and as little hassle as possible.
In order to do this we will need help from you. Once we have inspected your home we can make recommendations. We believe that you should do as much work to prepare your home as you can. Very few people are looking for fixer uppers. A good clean and a fresh coat of paint are always the best return on investment. If there are too many little things people tend to keep looking so tighten the tap, caulk that tub. A home that looks orderly and uncluttered is the best. If you need more space don’t let everybody else know that. We suggest to go over every room and throw out what you don’t need and store things you don’t need now in a storage locker. Why wait until your moving to do this? Do it before you move and it will help in getting you more money, in less time and aggravation. If you don’t care to do the work that’s fine but it will reflect in your selling price and most likely time on the market.
Buy or Sell First?
Buy or sell first? That’s an age old question. There are many variables. Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? Do you have a lot of equity in your home or do you need every penny out of your home to buy the next one. If you buy first with a condition on sale of your home it is a nice safe way to do it. You tend to pay a little more for the home but it’s safe. Not all sellers will accept a condition on sale so sometimes you can’t get the home you want. If you find a stunning home and they accept the condition, odds are someone will come in right behind you and “bump your offer” which is to say you will have 24 to 48 hours to firm up or get out. You need to know the market in your area at the time. Talk to your realtor and see what is a reasonable time frame to sell your home and at what price. Is your home desirable? It is never a bad idea to go look at homes in the new area you are considering to see if what you’re looking for is out there. If it is then I suggest putting the house up for sale and when it sells actively go looking. A 90 day closing on your home is not unusual.
The Open House:
This is usually not a pleasant experience. The upside is that you won’t have to be there. The downside is that you might have a series of open houses over a few weeks, with people poking through all areas of your home.
When a sales representative has a client who is interested in your home, they will first call to make an appointment with your sales representative. If you are lucky, you’ll have time for the last-minute tidying. Of course, you can say no if the prospective purchaser wishes to come at an inconvenient time.
During the viewing, give viewers the freedom to wander around your home by themselves. Following may make them uncomfortable. The sales representative will stay with the prospects to offer some protection against theft or property damage. If there are a lot of people home try to stay in one room and don’t pick the best room in the house. People tend to go quickly in rooms where there are people. A family walk is always nice but sometimes not possible.