Keep reading to find answers to the most ask questions about putting your house on the market.
What should you do to your house before you sell it?
What you do to your home before you sell it depends on its current condition, any necessary improvements that need to be made, and your chosen listing price. For instance, if you wish to list your home for a high price, you may need to make certain improvements to get your price. On the other hand, if you wish to sell a home as-is and not make improvements, then you may need to compromise on the price. We recommend asking your listing agent for guidance on both price and preparation for listing your home. You can also follow our checklist above to get your house ready to sell.
What should you not do before selling your house?
Most realtors advise not undergoing costly renovations or long, time-consuming changes to your home unless it’s necessary. You also do not want to choose the wrong real estate agent to list your home. Be sure to interview multiple agents and consider their pitches before choosing a realtor for the job. Choosing the right realtor will set your home sale up for success.
Don’t forget to also assess the local housing market to get a sense of your competition and your home’s value. The last thing you want to do is list your home too high or too low. The wrong listing price is probably the biggest mistake you can make when selling a home.
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Finally, it’s important to declutter and clean when selling a home. Many sellers overlook the importance of a clutter-free home when showing a house. Don’t let your things (and mess) distract buyers from the house itself.
How long does it take to sell a house?
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), it takes an average of 18 days for a home to go under contract from the time of listing. Of course, the amount of time a home sits on the market depends on a number of factors, including location. According to Realtor.com, homes located in the top 10 hottest zip codes of 2021 were under contract within three to nine days from the listing day.
When is the best time to sell a house?
In general, the best time to sell a house is considered the month of May, when homes tend to sell faster and for more money. Of course, the best time for you depends on a number of different factors. Your location, life circumstances and the overall economic climate all affect whether it’s a good time to sell a house. Before you list your home, make sure you’re really ready to sell it and go through the process of showing it to strangers.
How do I get a messy house ready to sell?
Cleaning a home before showing it to potential buyers is a no-brainer. First impressions matter and a dirty home may be a deal-breaker for many. To get your house ready to sell, we recommend first decluttering and purging items you don’t need. Whether you’re throwing it away, donating it or storing it, get as much clutter out of your house as possible. Once you’ve decluttered, you should be able to organize and straighten up your house more easily. You may also want to give your home a deep clean (or, at the very least, a light clean) to put your best foot forward.
How do I make my house look good enough to sell?
Besides decluttering, organizing and cleaning, it’s important that you stage your home with furniture and accessories. Not only does staging a home make it look more appealing, but it also helps buyers picture themselves living inside your home. The “2021 Profile of Home Staging” by the National Association of Realtors states that 82 percent of buyers’ agents claimed that staging a home helped buyers visualize the property as their own. By staging a home, you’re increasing the likelihood that it will sell faster and for more money.
How do I decide on my price?
Pricing your home right is the most important thing you can do when selling a home. If you overprice the home, it could sit on the market for a long time. If you underprice the home, you’ll leave money on the table. A seasoned real estate agent should be able to give you expert price guidance. If you want to price and sell the home yourself, take a look at comparable sales (comps) in your town and neighborhood. When comparing your home to other listings, pay attention to the square footage, location, features and amenities that it offers. You’ll need to look at a wide range of comps to determine a fair asking price for your home.
Ready to move?
So, you’ve spruced up your home, put it on the market and sold it. Congrats! Now it’s time to start planning your move. To find a reliable and trustworthy moving company, check our extensive network of movers. We make it easy to compare quotes from hundreds of long-distance movers and local movers near you – free of cost. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Best of luck and happy moving!