Selling your own home without an agent can save you tens of thousands of dollars in real estate commissions. But there’s a reason most people elect to use a real estate broker when selling their home — selling takes a lot of work, plenty of know-how, and the right kind of patience. Whether you’re selling a home for the first time or simply want to know how to do it even better than you did before, nothing beats a good game plan.
- Because of familiarity, you’re likely to overlook some aspects of cleaning that scrutinizing potential buyers won’t. If you want to make the best possible impression, shell out some extra cash to hire a professional cleaning service, at least for an initial deep clean. Don’t underestimate the power of a spotless canvas.
- Clear up clutter while you clean. Make your home look more spacious by getting rid of any unnecessary junk. You’ll see a big difference in how your closets look, as well as your garage, porch and bathroom. Buyers want to feel like they’re purchasing sufficient space, and clearing out more of your stuff helps them see themselves in your home. If you can’t bear to part with anything, consider moving the items to a storage unit temporarily.
- Don’t just rely on the property tax assessment. Many property tax assessments are out of date, and they don’t necessarily reflect the current real estate market.
- Look at comparables. Comparables are what other similar homes in your area are selling for, or better yet how much they have sold for in the last month. Using this method of how to sell your house what price range your home will fall in. Always use comparables when arriving at a realistic assessment of your home’s value.
- Hire an appraiser. A certified residential appraiser will come to your house, measure the property, take notes and photos, research information about any land parcels, and assemble a list of comparable sales in your neighborhood to determine the value of your home. A visit from an appraiser will cost you far less than the services of a real estate agent, and the value the appraiser sets will be more accurate. Many banks keep a list of reputable appraisers they contact for refinancing or mortgage loans; ask your local branch manager to refer you to an honest, qualified professional. Once you receive your copy of the appraisal, make a second copy and store it in a secure location. Keep the first copy on-hand to go over with serious buyers.
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