Now that you have made the decision to sell your home, you want the process to be as painless as possible. Following these seven simple steps may just help you get that Sold sign in your yard even faster than you hoped.
1. Find an agent. Be sure your agent is plugged in—literally, since a technologically savvy agent is a must these days. Your agent should be knowledgeable about the market, know the listing on the MLS in your area, as well as what is coming soon. They should also be familiar with recent comparable sales in your neighborhood. From pricing the home to suggesting minor updates and fixes around the house to get it ready for selling, your agent should be able to guide you through the process all the way to closing. Be sure to ask who they partner with for closing and title services, and check them out as well.
2. Update, but don’t renovate. While touching up the walls and trim with fresh paint is always a good idea, don’t go overboard on renovations to the home that won’t add to the selling price. Consider small scale updates, including new countertops in the kitchen, upgrading fixtures, lighting and hardware, and painting the walls in a neutral color so the buyers have a blank slate to make it their own.
3. Remove the “home” from the house. You have made the home your own through the years, but it is time to de-personalize it so that potential buyers can envision their life within the house. It can be hard to pack away family photos and kids’ artwork, but not doing so can make it hard for someone else to imagine living there. If you have a lot of personal items adorning your home, you may want to consider getting a storage area to use while your house is on the market. Consider it a headstart on the packing you will need to do when the time comes to actually move.
4. Clean, clean, and clean some more. Did we mention your home should be clean? Imagine every closet and cabinet being opened and inspected, and ask yourself what you would like to see if you were the one looking. While buyers will be told that they shouldn’t rule out a home because it is not clean and free of clutter, the fact is that a messy home is a huge turnoff to a potential buyer.
5. Put Mr. Fix It on speed dial. No matter how well cared for your home is, there will always be those little things from the to-do list that don’t get done—leaky faucets, loose door knobs, light fixtures and bulbs that need replaced. These little things can add up and make the house appear to be in poor condition if not addressed before the potential seller walks in the door.
6. Stage the home, inside and out. You have already taken the time to remove personal items from your home and replace your favorite red wall with a more neutral palette, and now it is time to stage your home. You may want to consider hiring a professional stager who can help you to arrange furniture in a way that will maximize the home’s layout, and add decor that will be appealing to a broad audience. And don’t forget the curb appeal. The landscaping should be neat, and outdoor furniture or accent pieces arranged in a way that helps the potential buyer envision relaxing on the patio, or sitting on the front porch with a morning cup of coffee.
7. Always be ready to make a first impression. Once your house is on the market, you have to always be ready to make a first impression. While your real estate agent will try to give you advance notice if someone wants to see your home, sometimes it can be last minute or when you are not even at home to do a last-minute cleaning. The first impression is the only one that matters, so make sure it is a good one.
These simple tips will help ease the stress of selling your home, and Ohio Real Title is here to help ease the stress of your real estate closing transaction. Contact us today.