It doesn’t matter how much you try to plan things out, life always seems to take your plans and toss them out the window. Many homeowners faced this kind of upheaval once the pandemic gripped the nation and forced homeowners to sell their houses quickly in an effort to avoid financial ruin.
If you find yourself in that situation or you want to move to a better school district for your children before the new school year begins, you have options. While you could use a home buying company for a lot lower than it’s worth, we have some tips that’ll help you sell your house for what it’s worth (or more!)
1. Hire a top-rated real estate agent
There’s a lot of things that we can do online without a middle man. For example, you can buy a car online and it’ll be delivered right to your door! As convenient as online shopping and doing it yourself can be, selling your house is not one of those things. When you hire a real estate agent, you can rest assured in knowing that your agent will work in your best interest to get you the best price possible. In this market, that won’t be a problem because it’s a seller’s market in 97% of the country!
2. List your house at the perfect time
Homelight’s 2021 Spring survey shows that it’s a strong seller’s market and because demand is so high, it’s a great time to put your house on the market. However, you need to be 100% sure how the market is in your area because you could be one of those unfortunate ones whose local market is in the other 3% (which means it’s either a balanced market, a buyers market, or “other”). This is where working with an agent will be beneficial.
3. Spring for a professional photographer
Did you know that all house hunters begin their searches online? This is great because your house is going to get a lot of traction – if your agent markets properly and the photographs are flattering. While you could take pictures on your smartphone, a professional photographer will have the skills to take pictures that really show off the best features of your house – while downplaying the not-so-great features.
4. Keep it neutral and depersonalize your home
It probably has taken you a long time to cultivate your personal style but when it comes to selling your house, you’re going to want to make your house as neutral as possible. The sad reality is that not everyone will appreciate your personal touches or bold colors. The name of the game here is to give potential buyers a blank canvas so they can focus on the house itself and picture their belongings in the space.
5. Make your house sparkle
When you’re putting your house on the market, you want to make sure it sparkles. No one wants to see your dust bunnies or your kid’s huge collection of stuffed animals. You’re going to want to make sure your house is spic and span, but also decluttered. It may sound like a lot, but decluttering now will make packing so much easier when you’re ready to move.
6. Be realistic with your asking price
You may hold all of the cards at this point, but you don’t want to list your house too high because it may detract buyers. Your best bet is to get an appraisal before coming up with a price. If you are hoping to come out ahead in this market, don’t worry because with the market being so competitive, it’s highly likely that you’ll either get multiple offers, offers above asking, cash offers, or even a bidding war could break out!
Don’t be afraid to asking your agent for advice
When you’re selling your house, it’s only natural to want to have a quick and painless transaction. These tips are just a few starting points to get you ready for your big sale. If you have any questions about the selling process or how to sell your house while homeschooling, your real estate agent will be your best friend.