Selling a home is not an easy endeavor. Sellers have a lot in their agenda before putting the house on the market, during, and after. The help of a professional Real Estate agent will take care of the transaction details, showing the property, offering much needed information, and finding buyers. The seller has to prepare the property for the sale. This will include many issues.
One common issue sellers face is their emotional attachment to their home, after all there are many memories and most sellers have a sense of pride in relation to their property. As soon as sellers make the decision to sell the home, a process of letting go and disassociation should commence and be encouraged. This will make it easier when tons of prospecting buyers want to see the home and comment about it. Viewing the home as a product for sale, which will bring profits or the needed results is important.
Disclosure is another important issue for sellers. A home is a product for sale, and as such. Sellers should disclose all known information to their agent, about the home. It is good selling practices, and honesty is always the best policy. Concealing important information about the property can backfire in the end, and sellers could be exposed to lawsuits.
Appearance of the property – inside and outside – is important to attract buyers. Depending on the current market, sellers will have to face much competition with other sellers, and presenting their property at its best will make a difference. However, other factors such as large amount of inventory in the area, and variance in pricing, will influence as well, on how long a property will be in the market. Presenting a home with well-cared grounds and a tidy and clean interior will only attract buyers – it never hurts. Whether it is a new coat of paint, staging, de-cluttering, or other necessary arrangements, the important issue is to present the home as best as possible.
If a seller has no budget to hire a stager or make major changes, then a good cleaning and organizing/de-cluttering works magic. A good advice is to de-personalize the home. Make it attractive to a wide pool of prospects, and eliminate anything that screams “this is my house,” – things such as family portraits, personal items, or cultural artifacts should be stored. If necessary, start having garage sales prior to putting a home for sale, or rent storage space. The important issue is that prospective buyers want to go inside and see more, and can visualize themselves living there.
Once the property is ready for putting it in the market, sellers should maintain it clean and organized, and let their agent do the rest of the work – facilitating showings, open houses …