Selling a house is an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful. Without the right resources, finding prospective buyers and making the home marketable is a challenge. Before you start the process of selling your house, there are a few details to take care of that will make the selling process easier. Here are a few of the most important tasks to complete before listing your home.
4 Essential Steps to Perform Before Selling Your House
1. Find a Real Estate Agent
While it is possible to sell property on your own, it’s far easier to hire an experienced real estate agent. They will help you find prospective buyers, arrange showings, and advocate on your behalf throughout the selling process. Best of all, they have the connections you need to ensure the sale goes as smoothly as possible, from the final inspection to the closing process.
2. Examine the Home’s Condition
Homes that are in disrepair can be sold in as-is condition, but it’s easier to sell when the house looks good. Before listing and selling your house, take a look at the overall condition of the house. Are there major repairs that need to be taken care of? Is the damage cosmetic and easy to handle yourself? The more you understand what’s wrong with the structure, the better prepared you’ll be to budget for repairs and fix the important items.
3. Establish a Listing Price
Before listing the house, you’ll need to establish a fair asking price. While it may be tempting to list the house at a price that seems fair to you, it may not reflect the actual trends of the current real estate market. Listing the house at an unfair price often means a decreased interest in the property. Ask your real estate agent to do a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for you, to help establish a listing price. The CMA compares your house to other houses in the same geographical area, which have recently sold.
4. Declutter & Stage the Home
When selling your house, it’s important to make the property look appealing to prospective buyers. This means you’ll want to get rid of clutter, deep clean the house, and keep it that way in between showings. Additionally, you’ll need to stage the property. This involves removing family pictures from the mantle, putting away books and magazines that may show a certain political affiliation, and removing any items that show off your unique personality. Leaving those items in place can interfere with a buyer’s ability to see themselves in the house and reduces the success of the showing.
Selling your house doesn’t have to be difficult. Let the experienced real estate agents at Lawrence Realty in Red Wing, MN, help you find the right buyer for your property. For more than 70 years, they’ve helped buyers and sellers in Red Wing and the surrounding area find the right homes at the right price. Learn more about their services online and call (651) 388-4745 to schedule a free consultation today. You can also find them on Facebook.