The process of selling a house can be intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. When should you list the house for sale? Should you price your home high and come down later? These are just a few of the questions you might have. Here are some tips to help you sell your first home.
Don’t wait until spring.
Most houses are sold in the spring, but if you are ready to sell in the fall or winter, you shouldn’t wait. There are fewer houses available on the market in the “offseasons,” so you still have a good chance of selling during those times.
Set a fair price at the beginning.
It may be tempting to set a high price for your home to start, but that tactic will likely only hurt you. Price comparisons are easier than ever, so if you set your price too high, consumers will know. Potential buyers are also distrusting of homes that have reduced prices because they assume there must be a problem with the house.
Take high-quality pictures.
After cleaning and staging your house, take some high-quality pictures. Your realtor should be able to help with camera angles that are the most flattering. Most people start the home-buying process by looking at pictures online, so this is a crucial step. Great pictures will make it potential buyers more likely to request a showing.
Clean the house from top to bottom.
Cleaning your house is an important part of selling. No potential buyer will want to see a dirty house. Don’t forget to clean in areas that you may normally neglect, including basements, attics, and closets. You may even want to tidy up your garage.
Remove family pictures
Take the time to remove any personal items from your home before showing it. When people tour your home, they will be more likely to imagine the house as their future home if they aren’t looking at pictures of your family.
Be prepared to leave for a showing at any time.
The more showings you have, the more likely you are to sell your home quickly. Many potential home buyers are available only on nights and weekends, so you should be prepared for showings at those times. Have a plan in place for where you will go, what you will do with pets, and how you will set up the house as you’re running out the door.