Thursday, December 20, 2012

Three Tips for Selling Your House

Selling your home takes time. This doesn't mean it's always going to be a difficult process, but it is one that requires planning. When you decide to sell your home, whether it's because you're moving, looking to upgrade, looking to downgrade, or simply for a change in scenery, consider taking the time to plan out your move. Here are three simple tips that can help you get you, and your house, ready to sell.

Improve Your Home 

Once you've put your house on the market, make sure it's always clean and picked up. When a prospective home owner comes into your living space for the first time, remember, they're shopping for a lifestyle. If your house is messy, disheveled, and dirty, then the buyer will associate that space with that lifestyle. Similarly, if you're home is neat, tidy, and well decorated, then the buyer will see that space as inviting, hospitable, and comfortable. That's exactly the kind of lifestyle you want to project, especially when your home first enters the market.

There are simple home improvement projects that almost any home owner can do themselves. Maybe it's time to paint the living room walls? Perhaps it's a good idea to replace the covers to your electrical outlets? These small changes are easy, cheap, and quick. You'll be surprised at what a difference they can make when selling your home.

Have Your Home Inspected 

Homes are big, complicated things. There could be something that is devaluing your home that you are completely unaware of, especially if it's a home you've been living in for a long time. To ensure that you're getting the best price for your home, consider having it inspected by an expert.  

An inspector will be able to tell you about any problems your home might have. Your roof could need work, there could be termites, or the electrical system could be below code. These are all normal issues for an older home to have, so if you've been in your home for awhile it may be time to have it inspected. 

As an added bonus, a recently inspected home will sell for a greater price. Buyers are looking for something safe and secure. Having a recent inspection on file, especially one that certifies the home is without major issues, is a big plus. 

Choose a Qualified Realtor 

Finally, make sure you've got a good realtor on your side. It is the Realtor's job to make sure that you sell your home for the best price and in the most convenient amount of time. Accomplished realtors have years of experience within their field, and will have contacts within the industry. We know the best inspectors, contractors, and interior decorators. 

If you're interested in selling your home, or are interested in speaking with a realtor, contact my office at randy@randydurham.com. Don't forget, with a little planning, anyone can sell their home.