Now that the house market is getting better, is it time to start thinking about selling by owner? There are several things to think about before you make your final decision. But once you have decided to sell your home by owner, here are 5 items that will help you get the highest price for you home.
Curb Appeal – Many potential buyer will make assumptions about the interior of a home based on the exterior. Here are a few tips that enhance the curb appeal of your home:
Paint the front door and replace the address numbers
Power wash your home
Put a fresh cover of mulch in the flower bed.
Hire a designer or stager – All sale by owners need to realize the way we live in your home is not always the best way to sell your home by owner. When attempting to stage your home, you can get ideas on how to do that by looking at model homes. The exterior and interior need to be staged to attract the largest pool of potential buyers.
Upgrades – You want to find ways that will help your home stand out. By upgrading the appliances to stainless steel or replacing old carpet, stripping wallpaper, or anything else that will modernize your home will entice potential buyers to submit an offer on your home.
Have your property inspected – Typically, buyers get a home inspection as soon as they are under contract, but who knows what they will find. Even if you are confident your home is in good condition, there could be issues you don’t know about. By getting a home inspection before you list your property you can either fix the problems or price it accordingly, which will make it a more attractive for sale by owner home.
Know the comps – This will really help you price your home accurately as a sale by owner. There are a few things you can do that will help you confidently price your home and knowing the comps in your area is one of them. You can go to open houses and see what other homes in your area are selling for. Knowing the comps will also give you a buyers mindset on what other options are out there.
Selling your home is a major decision, it takes lots of time to plan and eventually hand the keys to the new owner. By knowing and understanding what you need to do as the seller will really help you throughout the selling process. By doing these things, you will save time and money in the long run.