Selling your house is a big and scary step as it involves a lot of uncertainty. Most people opt for a realtor so that they don’t have to handle the stress and hassle that comes with the sale of a house. Selling a house, yourself is no easy task, but the reward is well worth it. When you sell a house via a realtor, you lose about 6% of the sale price as that is shared between your realtor and buyer’s agent. Therefore, it might be prudent to sell the house yourself so that you get exactly what your home is worth. This process can be daunting but here are a few things that you should keep in mind.
Appraise your house
This task is often difficult because you might be biased towards your house. A good way to properly appraise your house is to look at the listings and pricing of houses that are in your neighborhood. You should also look at houses that are similar to yours and thus you can get a good estimate of what is a fair price on your house. Don’t make the mistake of overpricing because that will send all your effort down the drain.
Market your house
It is also important to get your house out there. To do that you can have someone build you a website or you can arrange for flyers and signs. This will let people know that your house is for sale. This process can be expensive, but it is worth it simply because this is the only way that people will know that your house is available.
Make your house look good
After you have done the marketing, you should start getting calls from people that want to see your house. You need to prepare for this. Give your house a thorough cleaning, hire someone if you must but make your house look the best it can. The yard and fences should also be touched up because that stuff counts a lot. Remember you only get one “first impression”.
Talk to a Real Estate attorney, someone that can help you look over contacts to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Have a title company chosen. Be ready to negotiate.