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    9 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

    December 11, 2017

    9 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your HomeIf you are selling your home, one thing that you want to do is make sure that you are selling it fast and getting as much money as you can for it. Below are nine tips that you can use to help you get the best price for it.

    1. Don’t Ignore the Advice of Your Agent

    Even though using an agent isn’t technically needed, agents can help you with getting more money for your house.

    Someone who is good at listing will help with pricing the home, negotiating with the buyers, giving you guidance when you’re closing and marketing the home. There’s quite a bit of responsibility and its possible that you are going to feel a bit comfortable putting faith in the hands of a stranger.

    But since the agent is going to have fiduciary responsibility for looking out for what’s best for you, it’s important to trust their advice. Therefore, if they are saying to do something, like reduce the price of the house, it’s a good idea to do it.

    2. Don’t Neglect Essential Repairs Before You List Your Home

    The majority of people who are buying a home are going to request a home inspection and there will be a contingency based on that. But it does not mean that it’s a good idea to wait for the inspector to let you know what needs to be fixed. If there are noticeable flaws in the home, ask the agent whether they should be addressed before the house goes up for sale.

    Even if you have something small like a leaky faucet in your kitchen, it may be a huge red flag to buyers since they might think that you’re ignoring even bigger problems in your home.

    3. Don’t Be Restrictive When It Comes to Showings

    It’s important that you are letting as many potential buyers view your home. Therefore, you have to be really flexible anytime someone is requesting a showing request. Make sure that you’re ready to leave when your agent says they have to show it. Remember that if you are declining a showing, that buyer may not return, and you may have lost out on a sale. You aren’t going to have a lot of privacy when you are selling your home.

    4. Keep Your House Tidy

    Being able to leave quickly means that your home has to stay tidy so that when someone wants a showing they can come. The house should stay relatively neat, organized and clean all the time.

    You should make sure it’s looking like a brand new home if at all possible. Make sure that you are making your home look spotless, or as spotless as possible, before your buyers arrive.

    5. Don’t Be There for Open Houses or Showings

    People who are shopping for a home already feel worried about touring the house of a stranger, so you don’t want to make things more awkward by being there for the showings or the open houses. A buyer will want to be able to envision it as their home, and this will be hard to do when they’re seeing the old owner (you) there.

    6. Keep Your Pets Out

    Although you absolutely love your dog or cat, possible how buyers may not feel that way. Animals such as cats, dogs, and other types of animals will often leave bad odors behind, and this can be a huge turnoff immediately.

    You also don’t know whether the people who are coming to your house are allergic. So rather than confining your pet to a room or to a crate while the showings are going on, take your dog for a walk or board your cat (or ask a friend or family member to cat sit) while you are having your house for sale.

    7. Have an Open Mind

    A lot of people form emotional attachments to a house. However, you shouldn’t allow the feelings to muddy up your vision, particularly when it comes to offers. If the world was ideal, you’re going to get your set price or even higher when it comes to your home. However, you want to have some wiggle room if you’re getting offers below your ideal price.

    There are some people who are going to have their minds set on a price that they want to get for the house. This can potentially kill a sale. Put your trust in the agent and let them negotiate for you so that you get the very best deal.

    8. Be Willing to Make Repairs

    It doesn’t make any difference about how well the house has been maintained, because the home inspector of the buyer is sure to find some issues with your property. Make sure you’re ready to make the repairs while the negotiation period for the home inspection is going on, or you can also offer your buyer credit when you close. It’s never a good idea to fight over a couple hundred dollars.

    9. Don’t Overlook Closing Costs

    Even though most of the home’s closing costs are going to be shouldered by the buyer, a good bit of money is chipped in by the home seller when settlement happens – about 1% – 3% of the final price of the home. But a lot of sellers haven’t budgeted for their closing fees. Many of them just look at the commission of the agent when they are figuring out closing costs.

    As the seller of the home, the following closing costs are the ones that you will be responsible for:

    • – Closing fee that’s paid to the attorney’s office or title company where everyone’s meeting to close.
    • – Home sale taxes
    • – An attorney’s fee if you are using one.
    • – A title transfer fee for transferring the home’s title to the buyer.

    After signing the sales contract with the buyer, ask the title company of the buyer to give you an estimate of what you’re going to have to pay when you close. This will help you with appropriately budgeting.

    These are the things you want to do to make sure that you are getting a good price for your home. When you are selling a house, using these tips will help you have a better chance of selling it quickly for a good price.

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