A FIRST-TIME HOME SELLER’S GUIDE TO SELLING
If you are a first-time home seller, here are a few key things to consider. The home sales process may seem a bit overwhelming, but with a little research and the help of a qualified, experienced agent, you can easily navigate the entire process.
#1: Do A Deep Cleaning of Your House
Whether you roll up your sleeves or hire someone to do a deep cleaning, having a spotless home will really help when it comes time to list your home. Some studies suggest that for every $1 spent on landscaping, home sellers will get returns of around $1.50. John Gidding, host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, once had a project where he put $20,000 into landscaping, resulting in a $200,000 increase in sales price just a year after the sellers bought the house. While that is an extreme example, making your home appealing from the moment a home buyer pulls up is instrumental to selling a home quickly and for top dollar. As the saying goes, “First impressions are the most lasting.”
Here are a few inexpensive services to help you deep clean your house:
#2: Stage Your Home
As beautiful as your home might be (to you), you need to think about making your home as attractive as possible to other people. Before listing your home for sale, start thinking about ways to declutter your home. Get rid of trinkets, box up books you don’t need to access, and donate unused toys and accessories.
Here are a few helpful articles on staging your home:
#3: Be Prepared for Problems
There is no such thing as a smooth home sales process. Problems will arise, whether it is a request for repairs or an appraisal issue. The key to getting through those problems is the maintaining the right attitude and staying focused on the goal of selling your home.
#4: Find a Qualified, Experienced Real Estate Agent
The experienced guidance of a qualified real estate agent is crucial when selling your home. Most agents sell more homes in a year than most people sell in their lifetime. Agents gain experience and knowledge from selling many homes with distinct issues and different buyers. Having an agent to help you navigate those issues is priceless.