Home Listing Tips for March

03/01/2018

Keys to your own home

Looking to put your home on the market this spring? Well if you are, there are definitely a few things you should know before you get started. Selling a home can be just as stressful as buying one, and you’ll want to do your research and have everything squared away beforehand so there’s less chance of any unexpected problems occurring later. Here are a few tips for you to consider:

  • Sell First: It’s always best to sell your home before you buy another. While you may be eager to get a jump on things, it’s better financially to assess buying a home after you’ve closed on selling your home. If you buy a new home assuming that the one you’re selling will go for a lot, but then it doesn’t, you could be in trouble.

  • Marketing: Anybody can list a house, but if you really want to give yourself the best odds of selling, you’ll need the listing to reach as many people as possible. To do that, you’ll need to market your home. This means taking quality photographs and video of the home and making sure the listing gets placed everywhere it can be.

  • Negotiate: A good trick to test out a real estate agent is to ask them if they’re willing to reduce their commission. If they agree, you should think twice about hiring them. An agent who can’t negotiate her own price will likely be unable to negotiate the best price for your home.

  • Fix Up: If there’s anything that’s damaged or needs repair, make sure it’s fixed BEFORE you put your house on the market. Prospective buyers are much less likely to put in an offer if they see a lot of things they would need to fix up themselves.

  • Don’t Test Market: Don’t go into the market while listing your home at a ridiculously high price. Many real estate agents won’t even bother showing a house if they think the price is too ridiculous. Do your research ahead of time to determine the correct listing price.