Getting an investment property ready to sell does not need to be difficult or stressful but somehow many investors find it becoming just that. Some investors become emotionally attached to their property, some become nostalgic and find it painful to let their property go, and some have difficulty selling a tenant occupied property. Regardless of the reason, when selling a property, the key is to keep things simple. The minute you decide to sell, you need to stay firm on your decision and your emotions need to stay out of it. Here are a few tips that can help make the process of selling your property easier and more stress-free.
Deciding to Sell
When deciding to sell an investment property, think of your property as an investment and figure out how to make a profitable deal out of it.
For Landlords, it can be quite a dilemma when you want to sell a property with tenants in it. Most landlords will want to wait until the lease or contract is over before selling the property because, typically, the fewer the people involved, the fewer the complications. Although a vacant rental property could mean fewer complications, whether or not you have tenants, you can still sell your property. It’s just a matter of finding the right buyer. There are new investors out there that would like to start their investing career by becoming a landlord, and buying a tenant occupied property might be just what they’re looking for.
Hiring An Agent
Find a real estate agent that you can comfortably work with. After all, they should have your best interests in mind. Real estate agents are very knowledgeable and can give sound recommendations for those that are new to real estate investing. Agents will evaluate your property and provide a CMA or comparative market analysis for your property. Make sure to choose your agent carefully since they will handle the legal requirements of selling your house. Agents are also in charge of the advertising, marketing, and showing the property to perspective buyers.
Preparing The Property
Make your property appealing by understanding your selling audience. Are you planning to sell your house to an owner-occupier or an investor? Different buyers will likely have different ideas on what to look for in a property. Prospect owner-occupiers need to “fall in love” with the property. If you can afford it, staging your property can do wonders.
Declutter unnecessary items to make your property spacious. This does not necessarily mean that you have to remove everything inside and present your buyers with a cold and vacant property. Buyers need to experience the property in its “lived-in” state without having too many personal belongings in the way.
Paint the walls with neutral colors. Buyers are usually excited to have a fresh start to their new homes. Give the place a fresh coat of paint to make your property look new and clean.
Clean the property. If the property is clean, it will smell clean. Unpleasant odors inside the property are a big turn-off to buyers. Pay special attention to the bathroom. If you can afford it, make it look like a spa. Fix holes in the wall, broken windows or anything that needs to be mended. Buyers need to see that the property is well maintained and, of course, nothing makes a property more appealing than cleanliness. It’s cheap and shouldn’t cost a lot money.
Make sure the exterior of the property looks beautiful as well. Don’t become the property that buyers refuse to enter because of an unkempt landscape. Boost your curb appeal by trimming the shrubs, painting the door and keeping the walkway clear. First impressions matter.
Not only will these preparation tips help you sell your property faster, they will add value to it.