Hints And Ideas To Help You Sell Your Home

by Christy Lyons on January 24, 2012

There are a number of things you should do to prepare for putting your home up for sale. And by taking care of these things before announcing the sale, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and difficulty.

Selling a house, let us face it, is like untying the Gordian knot. Aside from the obvious tedium of filling out paperwork and meeting with potential buyers, it takes up a lot of one’s time. That being the case, it helps to prepare ahead of time. There are a few things that anyone who wishes to sell a house should do prior to putting the “for sale” sign in the front yard. Because if you do, and we promise these should not be too daunting if you come to think of it, you should not have much difficulty selling your house.

Here are a few suggestions for things that you should do prior to putting your house up for sale:

Do you plan to work with a realtor? Don’t hire this one “R” unless you do the other, bigger “R”, meaning research, of course. You want a wizened master in the world of real estate, somebody with quality experience spanning years, even decades. You don’t want to entrust this task to a realtor with milk on his or her lips, an absolute tyro in his or her profession. The big “R” will again serve as your most powerful weapon if you cannot find any realtors to work with and decide to sell your house independently – the Internet and real estate books are great resources. The letters FSBO may not mean much to you now, but they should – it simply means For Sale By Owner.

Get your house ready to sell. Is it in perfect condition? Is it in need of repainting? Roof repair? The yard clean? Don’t get caught up in the last minute with these things unattended to. First impressions make a lot of difference; you want you house to look great when it’s time to sell. And cleanliness and maintenance also applies to your home’s interior. Before that fateful open house day, you should make it a point to clean everything up inside.

Get pre-approval for a loan. Yes they can, and you will have to work quickly here, primarily if you are going to be buying a new house after selling the old one. This will take away a good part of the burden of shopping for a new home afterwards. Something that might be easier and infinitely better would be applying for a home equity line of credit on your existing property. The benefit of such an easy tactic is ensuring you have enough down payment for your new home should you spot one quickly enough, like while you are still trying to sell your old home.

Should you have your property appraised? While realtors have a good idea of how much a home should sell for, you may not if you are selling it yourself. Plus, both mortgage and appraisal fraud are quite common these days. Having a third party appraisal would not be a bad idea at all, and may be much safer for you.

Just think about it, if millions of homes are sold every year, maybe it isn’t that difficult to sell after all. All it takes is preparation and you should be all set for a trouble-free sale.

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