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It’s not always easy to move up to that dream home. Finding that special place that meets all your needs AND fulfills all your desires requires clarity on your part and diligence on the part of your real estate professional. After all, if you don’t know what you both need and what you want, your agent certainly won’t know what to look for.
The “I’ll know it when I see it” concept of house-hunting is rarely fruitful unless you define “it” clearly.
Make a list
Grab a notebook or use your smartphone to keep a list of what you need and what you want. The list will grow and even change over time, so keep the notebook with you. You'll find inspiration in something you see on the television while you wait in the dentist's office, and you need to write it down immediately.
Take a shot
You’ll walk through a store display and see "just the thing" that goes with the design in your head. Snap a picture of what you like with your phone so you have it on hand.
If while walking through an open house, a certain style connects with you, but you don’t know how to describe it, take a photo so you can show your agent. Even if that house doesn’t have ALL the things you want, some house might.
Have an open mind
If a property has most of what you want, be open to the possibility of a limited renovation to get the rest. The important thing is its bones; it’s basic structure. Some designs lend themselves to easy add-ons, but most don’t, so if the home you choose has a complicated roofline, make sure it also has the room inside to make your layout changes since adding on is more difficult. On the other hand, simple structures such as ranch-style or mid-century modern might more easily accommodate the addition you envision.
Keep options open
Consider pairing up a renovation contractor with your real estate agent to determine if your changes work with an available listing. Similar to what you see on home-buying television shows, getting a contractor’s expert eye on the property could mean the difference between finding the home with the right structure or missing out entirely getting what you really want.
Find out if your agent can suggest a reputable contractor or find one through a friend or verified listing service. Even if your dream home isn’t already out there … it can be.
Selling a house and getting a residence show-ready are two entirely different things.
If you list your house, homebuyers can evaluate it at their convenience. But merely listing a residence offers no guarantees.
Instead, a home seller may want to get his or her residence show-ready. Because if a house is show-ready, the likelihood increases that homebuyers will fall in love with this home as soon as they see it.
There are many quick, easy ways to get your home show-ready, and these include:
1. Clean and Declutter Your Home
Mop the floors, wipe down countertops and conduct various home cleaning tasks. That way, you can transform an ordinary home interior into an immaculate one.
Also, don't forget to declutter your residence as much as possible. If you evaluate your personal belongings, you can identify clutter and work to remove excess items from your house.
For those who need to get rid of clutter, you may be able to sell excess items at a garage sale or online. Also, you can donate excess items to local charities or give these items to family members and friends.
2. Revamp Your House's Exterior
Mow the front lawn, repair any cracked or damaged home siding and complete assorted home exterior improvements. By doing so, you can boost your house's curb appeal and help your home stand out to potential buyers.
Remember, your home's curb appeal may make or break a possible sale. If you allocate the necessary time and resources to revamp your house's exterior, you can increase the chance that a buyer will set up a home showing that could lead to a home sale.
3. Perform Last-Minute Touch-Ups
The final hours before a home showing can be stressful. Fortunately, if you know how to perform myriad last-minute touch-ups, you can boost the likelihood that your residence will make a great first impression on buyers.
Opening the blinds is a great way to brighten up your house prior to a showing. Furthermore, you should empty any trash bins to minimize the risk that unpleasant odors may emanate throughout your home.
Clearly, there's a lot that you can do to get your house show-ready. And if you need extra help as you sell your house, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent as well.
A real estate agent is a housing market expert who understands what it takes to get a house show-ready. He or she is happy to provide home showing recommendations to ensure that you can stir up plenty of interest in your residence.
Of course, a real estate agent provides plenty of assistance throughout the home selling process too. This housing market professional will help you craft an engaging home listing, promote your residence to potential buyers and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. He or she will even respond to your home selling concerns and queries.
Prepare your house for a showing – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble getting your residence show-ready.
Getting your home ready to sell involves more than just packing all of your property in boxes and leaving. It begins right from the time you move in. Often it even starts before you buy another home. Many people rely on money from the sale of their home to buy their next home. If you are in this category, beginning the process early will help increase your profits.
Do not panic; this article will walk you through the entire process. To start with, there are some improvements you can make to your property to make it sell faster. This is what you will see throughout this article.
Improvements You Should Make on Your Home
Almost all homes require some extra love and care, and this is the reason why you need to start this process early. The kind of improvement we are talking about here are those things that will bring up the value of your home.
How do you do it?
First, critically look at your house and take inventory of all the repairs needed. Spend around two weekends to looking for easy things such as touching up paint and patching nail holes, but plan for more time to check out more substantial projects like the roof or foundation.
The critical areas of your home are the kitchen and bathrooms, so start your improvements there first. Updating these areas of your home can include replacing hardware, painting the cabinets, or hanging new light fixtures.
You should keep an eye out for anything you think might need a bit of work while making these improvements. These improvements should not cost you millions of dollars, but completing these repairs before you list your house for sale will show that you are able and even ready to make more money on the home.
Find out the Fair Market Value of Your Property
The fair market value of your home can best be described as the price that a home buyer would pay readily without any pressure from outside sources. The price can be influenced by many factors such as the appraisal, tax assessment, and homes in that area.
- The bank or the buyers' lender usually completes the appraisal to ensure the value is in the home before they buy the property.
- The tax assessment is an estimated value based on information the government has on your property without really seeing the inside of your home.
- Finding your house's value based on others in the area is referred to as a Comparative Marketing Analysis (CMA).
Comparative Marketing Analysis
A CMA looks at properties that have the same square footage and similar features to determine a sale price for your home. A full CMA also considers some other factors such as houses that have been sold recently or those that listed for sale at the moment, their duration on the market, and how they compare with your listing.
The value of your property may rise and fall depending on a lot of things: the area, the local market, and the season in which you are trying to sell to name a few. It is good to have a real estate agent who knows your particular area complete your CMA. They have a more complete vision of the market you are in and will be able to price your home cleverly at the spot where it will sell fast for the highest value.
Selling your home can take a toll on your patience if you are not prepared beforehand, but knowing and completing these steps in advance will make the process a smooth one. So, get out there and get your house ready for sale!
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