Now that the housing market has recovered and then some, I thought it was a good idea to put together an article on selling your house. While it may seem like it is you against the world when it comes to selling real estate, it happens all the time and is a common everyday experience for lots of people. With all the information available online, it can be really overwhelming at times. This article will hopefully provide somel information for you to get started correctly.
When you are selling your home, try to add nice curb appeal and take a hard look at your front door. A nice front door can go a long way in making the outside of your house look better. Choose a bright or contrasting color so that it doesn't match your house. Red looks good with green hues and blue goes well with orange hues. Also, make sure landscaping is clean and trimmed. Your outside is the first impression. Lush green grass and flowering plants can be put in at low cost and will greatly add to the curb appeal of the home. The increased curb appeal of your property can translate into more interest and even a higher selling price.
When trying to sell your home, you need to give the real estate agent and potential buyers access to your home on a regular basis. If you constantly need time to prep before letting anyone inside, you may miss out on a sale from someone who doesn't have time to work around your schedule.
It should be a no brainer, but take the time to clean your house from top to bottom before starting to show it. Hire a cleaning crew if need be. Your house should be "show worthy" before buyers get there eyes on it. Bleach your grout, re-caulk your shower and tubs and wax the floors as well. Simple cleaning and basic maintenance will make your house much more appealing to a potential buyer.
Price your home accurately. Your home must be priced in line with the current market and lower if you want it to sell quickly. You may think your house is worth an extra 100 grand, but buyers will be turned off by your crazy price points. Going a little above market rate can work out but be very careful. There are always a lot of good homes on the market and if your price is sky high, then you won't see many prospective buyers.
Finally, you want to do all that you can, to learn about selling your real estate. Look at what has sold recently in your market and ask why. Ask your realtor for comps in your area so that you can assure your price is good. There is a lot of information available, some of it quite helpful, but we have provided a few of the most important tips.
And one more thing. If all of these things have been done and you still can't sell your house, you need to fire your realtor and hire a new one! Sometimes all it takes is someone serious about closing the deal for you.