Guest Blog Written by Wendy Dessler
For most of us ordinary people, our homes are
the most valuable thing we own. It makes a lot of sense that we tend to invest
a great deal in the sale if we ever decide to part with it. We research online
for everything we can find on selling a home article after article.
It’s quite necessary, too, because there’s a
lot that goes into getting the right kind of sale. It takes a lot of know-how,
and usually some professional help too. So, we’ve put together some fundamental
considerations that you have to get right before you sell.
Get the Right Realtor
If you’re going the professional route, it’s not good
enough to get just anyone. You have to find the realtor that’s right for you.
In some cases, it may be appropriate to go it alone, but for the most part,
Experience is Critical
Finding the right person can be tough, but
some essential hints will help. First off, check to see that your agent has an
excellent track record of sales. The longer, the better. Experience counts in
It helps to know how long your agent has been
in the industry, and how effective they’ve been during that time.
Always Go Local
Secondly, ensure that your realtor has in-depth
local knowledge. You need someone who will do more than treat your investment
like a unit. Your agent should see your home as part of a community and know
everything about the surrounding area.
An easy way to test this is to ask many
questions that only someone with extensive local knowledge would be able to
Formulate a Plan
Whether you’re going with a representative or
not, you’re going to need a plan. This plan should include
a marketing strategy, as well as a solid idea of how to bring your home itself
into the perfect state for presentation to buyers.
If you hire a realtor, they should arrive at
your door with a very detailed plan of this kind ready to go. The advertising,
the pricing, and the names of all the tradesmen you might require should be
part of this overall plan. Go for detail in everything.
Bringing your home up to selling standard will
often be a bigger task than you imagined. When we live somewhere for a long
time, things tend to get a little worn and messy without us noticing. Buyers
will notice straight away, though.
A useful way to think of it is neutrality. You
want to present a home that’s a little like a blank canvas. After all, you want
the buyers to be able to see their own hopes and desires as they’re walking
around, not your accumulated clutter.
It’s a big task, selling a home. It can be
financially risky at times, it can involve way more work than you expected, and
it can even be emotionally exhausting. People often invest a lot of
expectations into these things, and these can sometimes be unmet, too.
It’s quite rare that a sale of this magnitude
goes through without effort. Typically, selling a home will take a little time,
and will also require a lot of work. So, starting out with the willingness to
plan thoroughly and work hard puts you well on your way.