If you listen to others who’ve had their homes on the market, it can seem as if there’s nothing worse than home selling. It’s such a pain to get it ready, it’ll just sit on the market forever and there’s no way your house is going to sell for as much money as those others down the street – right?
Wrong. Stop focusing on the few horror stories you’ve heard and start expecting to have a great home selling experience.
Positioning your home to sell quickly and for the highest value possible can be accomplished with a little legwork up front to make your house show at its best, working with your real estate agent to create a strong marketing plan and handling the subsequent negotiations to create the best deal possible. Here are five things to expect throughout the home selling process to help lead to a successful transaction.
Expect a facelift. As you prepare your home for the market, focus your energy on making the property as marketable as possible. Before starting any major projects, work with your real estate agent and, in some cases, a stager to create a plan that will not only make your home show its best, but will give you the best return on investment.
Unless you’ve already moved out and the home is vacant, focus on minimizing clutter as much as possible. This will create an open and inviting feel for potential buyers while showcasing the space. The “less is more” rule is in full effect, whether it relates to showing off kitchen countertops, a large living room, or an outdoor entertaining area.
Rather than showing off your used house, create a new home for potential buyers. Your agent will likely suggest painting and other cosmetic improvements that will lend to a “new house” feel, as well as some potentially big-ticket items that could help your resale and net proceeds.
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