Are you putting your home on the market in 2014? If you’re a first-time seller, it’s often an overwhelming and stressful process. It’s difficult to know where to start, what to do and what’s the best way to do it. Lucky for you, we’ve put together this beginner’s guide for reference with a number of tips for everything from home improvement, selecting a realtor and staging your home. With this as a starting point, you’ll be sure to have your home sold in no time. Here are a few tips on How To Sell Your Home In Texas – 2014…
Here are our tips for selling your home:
- Research the housing market in your neighborhood. How much are homes typically selling for? Look into the last year or so to see if the market is going up, going down or staying the same. This way you can determine how you will price your home. A real estate agent can help you with this as well.
- Find a qualified real estate agent to work with you. The right agent can offer valuable knowledge, negotiate with potential buyers in your favor and guide you in the right direction. Ask your friends, neighbors and family for recommendations of real estate agents, or search online at reputable sites such as realtor.com. Attend open houses to see a potential agent in action and get a feel for how they do business.
- Prep your home for sale. This often means repairing, remodeling or staging for sale. The first step is to de-personalize the house. Pack away family photos, knick-knacks and other personal items so interested buyers can picture their own things there instead. Make minor repairs like patching walls, fixing cracks in tile, painting walls a neutral color, etc. Then give it a good cleaning top to bottom. Remove all the clutter that’s on your coffee table, kitchen counters and end tables, as well as anything you don’t need from your shelves. Your real estate agent will be able to give you more specific instructions for how to get your home ready for showing.
- Have your home inspected by a professional. Most buyers will get a home inspection before signing any papers. Should they find anything serious, the buyer may offer less for your home than you were expecting. Prepare for this by taking care of any minor repairs before putting your home on the market and having your own inspection done. This way you can be aware of any problems and consider them when determining your asking price.
We hope these tips prove to be helpful in starting the sale of your home. Have you sold a home in the past? Do you have any advice for first-time sellers? Leave a comment and let us know!