Selling a house tends to be a tedious task for most people. Not only can it be a very emotional and nostalgic time, but there are also various added stresses, like finances and deadlines. There are so many things to consider, and so many things that can go wrong. You might not get a seller, or you might get sellers but none of them are willing to pay the asking price. Then, of course, there’s always the chance that the buyer may back out of the sale or that the sale may possibly fall through. Basically, it’s a lot. And most of us would agree that we’d love to be able to make the process quicker and easier. If you’d like to find out how you can do this, keep reading.
Get a Real Estate Agent Involved
A lot of people will advise you not to get a real estate agent. It may sound like solid advice, since real estate agents will take a portion of your profits as commission, but the truth is that you’re far likelier to sell your house with the help of a real estate agent, since they are professionals and probably have a lot of contacts in the industry. Even if you don’t get a real estate agent to sell your house for you, they can still be of help in other ways. Real estate companies such as TFS Properties are often on the lookout for properties for their investors, meaning they may be interested in your property.
Take Good Photos
You’ll likely list your property on a bunch of real estate websites. In order to do this successfully, you’re going to want to add photos. You can always get a professional to take your real estate photos, but it’s not necessary. You want buyers to see the house for what it can be for them, not what it is for you. Ideally you should load photos of an empty house, but if that’s not possible, make sure that the house isn’t cluttered and that there are no personal touches visible in any photos. This will allow potential buyers to envision themselves, their families, and their furniture in the space.
The price you’ll be asking for your house is one of the most important factors when it comes to determining the success of your sale. If you make the price too high, you’ll never sell it. On the other hand, if you make the price too low you may be shooting yourself in the foot. But most of us have no idea what exactly determines the ideal price of a property. We don’t know what to look for, and we definitely don’t know how much is a reasonable price to ask. That’s where house valuations come in handy. A professional – usually a real estate agent – will come have a look at your house and then give you an estimate of what your house is worth, along with how much similar houses have recently sold for. It can be nerve wracking to invite someone into your house and basically judge how much it’s worth, so it would be wise to follow some tips to help you prepare in order to set your mind at ease.
Many people avoid doing repairs on their house before selling it, because they don’t want to lose money, or put all that effort into something they won’t even use. However, a few touch ups here and there can really make a big difference. Things like peeling paint, leaky taps or creaky stairs are all problems that can be solved quickly and help your house to make a better impression on possible buyers. If you’ve waited until the last minute and don’t have time for big repairs, don’t stress. There are a few quick and easy improvements that will add value to your home.
Work on Your Negotiation Skills
It’s highly unlikely to have someone immediately offer you the price you’re asking for. More often than not, buyers will first try their hand at negotiating before settling on a price. That’s okay, because you can negotiate as well. You may need to accept the fact that you might have to accept an offer slightly below asking price, but that doesn’t mean you need to lose a lot of your potential profits. There are a few tricks you can use to your favor, and if you’re prepared for the negotiation, you may well end up winning it.