When you decide to sell your home, you should try to look at it differently. It is no longer the place where you and your family live, it is now an asset. Your home has become a product that you need to market properly and present to prospective buyers. Below are some tips that will help you prepare your home for sale.
Choose your Real Estate Agent
Of course, you can sell your house yourself and skip the sales agent. However, a real estate agent knows everything about the property market and can often sell a home faster, and for more money than a private sale.
When choosing your real estate agent, ask two or three from your local area to offer their advice as to the best way to sell your home. Would they sell it at auction or through a private treaty sale and why? Also, ask them to provide you with evidence that they have successfully sold similar homes in the area recently for the price they suggested.
It is important to find a local agent who is experienced and who knows the area and market well, they will then be able to hook the right type of buyer. A great way to get to know agents and see them at work is to attend some local open houses as a potential buyer. While there, you can check out the agent’s style, personality, marketing materials and get an idea at how timely they are at returning phone calls, an important factor when selling a home.
Be Realistic About Pricing
The housing market is continually up and down, and while your home may have been worth $300,000 three years ago, it may only be worth $200,000 even with the renovations you had done recently. You can check sales in your surrounding area by purchasing a report from the Australian Property Monitors. If the market is low when you want to sell and you simply can’t believe that your house isn’t worth as much as you thought, or as much as it was three years ago, you can choose to wait and see if property values improve. However, there is no guarantee if or when that will happen.
Once you have decided that you are happy with the value of your home and have picked the perfect real estate agent, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get as much as possible out of the sale.
Add Street Appeal
When a prospective buyer first comes to your home, the first thing they are going to see is the outside, and it is often the thing that many buyers fall in love with.
Consider hiring a landscaper to come in and tidy up the garden, weed flowerbeds, trim trees, and do any other work that may be needed. Additionally, have someone come in and wash the house and any outbuildings with a high-pressure hose. This removes dirt, grime, dust, and cobwebs, and can even improve the look of pavers.
Hire a Tradie to do any Repairs
To enhance the appeal of the home, make sure that you eliminate any evidence of moisture and damp, fix any doors and windows that stick, and replace any cracked glass. Also, check that all lights, inside and outside are working properly, and keep outside lights turned on at night for any house hunters who might drive by. A few days before your first viewing, have the carpets steam cleaned and the windows cleaned.
This will help to ensure the home looks clean and inviting. You can find local tradies, repair people, carpet and window cleaners in your local business directory.
If you plan to sell your home and are looking for a good real estate agent, why not try our Tradebusters Connect local directory service? We have hand-picked just three of the best real estate agents in your area as members, and they are ready to speak to you today.
Their contact details are available here on this website, and you are free to contact them directly. We also have listings for landscapers, carpet and window cleaners, and other tradies who can help you with all types of home repairs.