How to sell your own home – Part 1 of 4: Taking the first steps

Sell ​​your own home could save tens of thousands of dollars in real estate commissions. However, there is a reason why most people choose to hire a real estate broker when you sell your house; sell house requires a lot of work, a lot of technical knowledge and the right kind of patience. Whether you’re selling a house for the first time or simply want to know how to do better than last time, nothing can be better than a good plan of action.

Part 1 of 4: Taking the first steps

  1. Clean your house. Just decide to sell your home, clean it very well from top to bottom. Do not forget the areas that are rarely cleaned, such as baseboards, blinds, roof gutters and window openings. A clean house will help the appraiser see your house best way to give you a higher value, as well as attract buyers.
  • Because of your familiarity with the house, it is likely to overlook some aspects of cleaning that potential buyers will pay attention. If you want to give the best possible impression, invest extra money hiring a professional cleaning, at least for a first thorough cleaning. Do not underestimate the power of a pristine canvas.
  • Order the mess while cleaning. Make your home look more spacious by getting rid of any unnecessary items. You’ll see a big difference in how your closet, your garage, veranda and bathroom look. Buyers want to feel they are buying enough space, and managing the things you help to look at your house. If you cannot stand the idea of ​​getting rid of some things, consider bring them to a storage unit temporarily.
  1. Make assess your home. Although want to put the highest possible price for your home, you have to be realistic. Many of the individual property because the owners do not sell persist in thinking that your home is worth more than what the market wants to offer or because they already have in mind the amount of money they wish to obtain and refuse to receive less. Making a professional, a third, evaluate your home will help you feel comfortable with a price range also will provide a point of reference solid if a buyer or real estate agent accuses you of having a very high price.
  • Do not rely solely on the assessment of property taxes. Many tax assessments are outdated and do not necessarily reflect the current state of real estate market.
  • Look comparable data. Comparable data are prices that have other similar homes in your area and usually determine, for better or worse, the price range in which your home is located. Always make use of comparable data for a realistic assessment of the value of your property.
  • Hire an appraiser. A certified real estate appraiser will go to your home, measure the property, take notes and pictures seek information on any terrain and along with a list of comparable sales in your neighborhood determine the value of your home. The visit of an appraiser will cost much less than the services of a realtor, appraiser plus the value will be more accurate. Many banks have a list of reputable appraisers that they contact for refinancing loans or mortgage loans; ask the manager of your branch to recommend an honest and qualified professional. Once you receive your copy of the appraisal, you can make a copy and keep it in a safe place. Be the first copy on hand for review with serious buyers.
  1. Make inspect your home. Many standard real estate contracts will give the buyer the right to inspect the property, so you must be prepared. Make your home inspected before you advertise. It is possible that under a general inspection force you to make substantial repairs to appliances, plumbing, septic tanks, electrical and heating systems, etc., probably the roof of your house and the foundation also go through an inspection. Follow the recommendations and make the necessary repairs. Additional inspections requested by the buyer usually run on their own.
  2. If possible, make your property is ready for the new owners move out before offering it to the market. Buyers are lazy by nature. If they feel they need to do more design work, plumbing, appliances and electricity before they can enjoy their new purchase, they will be reluctant to buy, although the rest of the property is perfectly flawless. So you make it easy task. Hire a handyman or general contractor for the house to be as ready as possible for the new owners.