Selling A House – Tips 101

Selling a house is not always an easy task, especially in a poor market in an even poorer economy. Government shut downs do not help either… Some homeowners have complained that their houses sat on the market for years before they ever even got an offer. Meanwhile, it is true that the economy does play a major part in selling your home, but how you go about selling a house does too. Instead of leaving all the work up to the real estate agent, try some of the helpful tips below for a quick sale. You can also consider selling your home to an investor.

Improving the odds of selling

1. You can never change a potential buyer’s first impression of your home. The moment they spot your house in the neighborhood, they have already made up their minds whether or not it is a home they would consider making an offer on. Your job is to ensure that your home has maximum curb appeal and it makes buyers feel warm, welcome and cozy in the home.

Tip: Spruce up the exterior of your home by purchasing a few inexpensive potted flowers or plant some affordable shrubs. Rake up the leaves and mow the lawn. Even more important, never leave clutter around your entryway. As a welcome bonus, consider leaving some cookies for your guests when they enter your home. If you are using a realtor encourage them to do  open house events as frequently as possible.

2. Make sure that your house is ready to be shown to potential buyers no matter the day or the hour. You want your house to sell quickly, so it is important that you take out the trash, keep your kitchen clutter free and ensure your bathroom is sparkling clean.

Tip: The easiest way to go about this is to clean up right after you’re done doing something. Never leave your messes for last-minute cleanups as it can make you feel overwhelmed.

3. People don’t want to buy personality when it comes to your home. You may love your ceramic collection or enjoy staring at photos of your extended family, but it can be a real turnoff for buyers. They need to be able to imagine a blank slate when looking at the bare bones of the building.

Tip: Take belongings that are too personal and box them up. You can easily rent an affordable storage space and keep them there until you’re ready to move out. If you want to get the most out of selling your home, even consider hiring someone to stage your home. This basically means that a professional uses your furniture and rearranges them in a pleasing manner which can attract buyers.

4. It is important that you get the right agent to represent you. In this case, getting a cutthroat tech savvy agent is in your best interest. You need to be able to stay on top of the local competition, and the only way to do that is if your agent is constantly researching market prices and updating your listings.

Tip: Never hire the first agent you see. In fact, make a list of agents that seem to be successful in sales, and have a one-on-one meeting with each of them before making a final decision.

5. Price your home 15 to 20 percent below market value to get buyers interested in making a bid. This strategy forces buyers competing against one another to make a higher bid for your home. This allows you to sell your home for its market value.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to price competitively. Most homeowners don’t do this, but it is in fact the number one proven method of getting buyers in this poor economy to take the plunge.

Selling a house can be pretty tough. That’s especially true if you don’t have the right tactics in mind. Consider these five easy tips, and you could be selling your property in no time.