When you list your home for sale, you hope to maximize your return and have a smooth sales transaction. Your goal may also be to sell it as quickly as possible. Let’s take a look at the steps to sell your house.
A Knowledgeable Realtor is Important to Sell Your House
Even if you are trying to sell your house quickly, don’t rush the process and make mistakes. Find a good real estate agent to help the process go more smoothly.
An experienced agent with knowledge of the area will help you price the house. Your agent will market your property to the right types of buyers.
Take time to research realtors in your area. Check their credentials, experience, and background. Ask friends for recommendations and read reviews online. Interview the best candidates and ask questions like these:
- How will you market the home?
- What fees do you charge?
- How many homes have you sold?
- How long have you lived in the area?
- Do you have references from your other clients?
Decide Your Home’s Value
When you want to sell your house quickly, setting your home’s price is an important aspect of the process. If you inflate the asking price, it will take longer to receive offers.
Your real estate agent will help you determine the asking price. Conducting a pre-listing inspection will give help you determine the home’s value more accurately. With knowledge of the home’s condition, you can determine a fair price that will garner quick offers. Ask your agent for comparison reports on similar homes that have sold recently in your area.
Make a Good Impression to Sell Your House
Make sure your house gives potential buyers the impression that they could comfortably live there. The first impression you provide potential buyers is vital. Clean the carpets, remove all clutter, take down family photos, paint the front door and garage door, and clean up the front yard.
Before putting your home on the market, complete all those little repairs you’ve been putting off. Patch holes in the driveway, replace missing window screens, put bulbs in all light fixtures, and tighten cabinet handles. Small details are important for impressing potential homebuyers. By taking care of repair work, you’ll be better prepared for the buyer’s home inspection.
Get Your Paperwork in Order
There is an array of paperwork that is completed in any real estate transaction. Gather information and important documents about your home. Some documents you may need include:
- Maintenance records
- Mortgage documents
- Utility bills
- Listing agreement
- Market analysis
- Homeowners insurance documents
- Inspection report
- Appraisal report
- Tax statements
Talk with your realtor to make sure that you have all the paperwork necessary for a smooth sale.