By Brad Litz
Real Estate Broker, Appraiser & Investor
The process of selling your current home can certainly be a trying time, from making your home market ready to accommodating showing times. I like to let people know that when they are selling their house, it is usually going to be a somewhat inconvenient process, but there are plenty of ways to make the process smoother and successful.
First, making your house ready for sale is important and can alleviate many stresses that come up during the transaction. If you suspect there are some issues with your home that you want to address before selling, I recommend hiring an independent inspection company to find those issues. The next step would be to repair or replace the items on the report that are considered major defects. By remediating these issues up front, you will avoid a drawn out negotiation period after buyer’s complete their inspection during the escrow period.
Secondly, make your house appeal to as many people as possible, which can mean de-cluttering, doing some updates or just refreshing paint colors. If your house looks great, the marketing photographs will get that message to buyers and invite them to want to view your home. Look to your realtor for suggestions on what needs to be done to your house.
Finally, prepare yourself for the onslaught of people that will be touring your home. Requests for showings can come swiftly or be at odd times, but always try to accommodate them. The reason for this is to get as many people through your home in order to increase interest and shorten your time on the market, thus not having to deal with showings for an extended period of time.
There is an old saying that ‘it only takes one,’ however true in many cases, when selling your home it is better to have a lot of people who want your house. Its simple, if there are multiple people interested in your house, it will typically lead to a shorter time on the market, a higher sale price and less headaches for you.