Maybe you want to move to be closer to family. Maybe your job asked you to relocate and offered an irresistible raise in exchange for doing so. Maybe you're just seeking a refreshing change in scenery. Regardless of the reason, you're planning on selling your home. But selling your home isn't always a walk in the park. You'll need to do a lot of prep work beforehand if you want to sell your home lickety-split and for the most amount of money. To start your home selling journey off on the right foot, here are three things to do before selling your home.
Find a Great Agent
If you sell the home by yourself, you can pocket the money that you'd otherwise pay a real estate agent as commission. This can make listing your home as “for sale by owner” a tempting prospect. Unfortunately, there are more disadvantages to acting as your own agent than there are advantages. You don't have the kind of knowledge and experience that a seasoned real estate agent does, which can make it harder for you to find and appeal to potential buyers. Hiring a real estate agent that's knowledgeable about the local market and understands how to successfully upsell your property is the best possible way to ensure your home sells quickly and for top dollar.
Depersonalize the Home
Depersonalizing every room is another important thing to do before selling your home. The family pictures hanging on your wall and the quirky trinkets meticulously arranged on the fireplace mantle bring a lot of character and charm to your home. There's just one little problem—prospective buyers might not find your decorating style as charming as you do. Buyers want to be able to envision their own furniture and trinkets in homes that they're looking at. If they can't imagine themselves living in your home, the likelihood of them purchasing it are slim.
Essentially, you want to transform your home into a blank canvas. Remove or cover up any personal items before each showing to ensure your home is as appealing to the general public as it possibly can be.
Deal With Major Repairs
There's nothing more off-putting to potential buyers than major problems such as burst pipes, loose electrical wiring, and a roof that's completely shingle-less. Most buyers are looking for a home that's move-in ready, which means that they're not willing to undertake a home that requires a lot of extensive repairs and renovations. By fixing these problems before selling, you'll dramatically increase your home's value and appeal to buyers.
You should always make sure to hire professionals to tackle these kinds of major home repairs. DIYing these kinds of complicated and intensive projects can lead to shoddy final results. For a roof that's riddled with cracks and holes, get in touch with a professional roof repair company. Need someone to handle faulty plumbing? Call the local plumber. Is the wiring sparking? Better ask the electrician to come over and inspect it—and fast.
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About the PublisherBo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market. He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages. He can be reached easily By E-Mail or call/text him Call/Text Here
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