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Basic Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

Whether you just bought it, or it was in the family for a while, the sale of our home can be filled with a few ups and downs. If we just purchased the home within a year or two, chances are that there will be less for us to be concerned about, on the other hand, a house that has been around for a while may need more done to it. There are several things to think about when we get ready to sell our home, here are just a few of them.

First impressions are important

One of the first things that you need to do when thinking about selling your house is to identify what needs to be fixed. If you happen to have a “fix it” man in the family, after you make a list, you can have them correct the problems for you, like leaking toilets and faucets. Don’t leave the things that need fixing for the prospective buyer to see them; it only gives them more reason to keep on looking.

The right promotions

Selling your home does not have to be a difficult exercise, but if you want to get it sold quickly, do not hesitate to get the word out. A realtor is an excellent resource for selling your property, but you do not need to stop there, especially if you hope to get a lot of interested buyers. Consider using your social media contacts to let everyone know that you are placing your home on the market; you might be surprised by the response.

Know the market

As a homeowner it is a good idea to know what the market is doing at the time you are ready to sell. A weak market will mean that you will have to sit around and wait a lot longer for a prospective buyer to come along. On the other hand, knowledge of the market will give you the heads up on whether or not you can get the price you really want.

Where was that paperwork again?

There are some homeowners that never consider themselves as organized; these are the ones that may have a difficult time locating their paperwork when the time comes. If you happen to be one of those homeowners, or even if you are not, when you are ready to sell your home, you will need all the paperwork pertaining to the property. This should be located before you even list your property, or at least before you are ready to carry out the signing.

Thinning the herd

The sale of your home is already a difficult time, especially when you consider the fact that you have to move everything you own. Go ahead and make a list of all the things that you can do without until you move into the next home; at the very least you will have less clutter to confuse your prospective buyers. In addition, there you have it, as traumatic as changing your home can be to some people, it does not have to be that way.

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