Things To Know Before Selling a Home
So you've decided you want to sell your home -- you've probably experienced a frenzy of questions and thoughts come across your mind and you'd like to learn more about what to expect. You're in luck! The real estate experts at Demakis Family Real Estate have the knowledge and experience to help you throughout the process. Read on to learn more about what to know before selling a home.
Before You Read - If you would like to learn more about selling your South Coast Massachusetts home, contact Demakis Family Real Estate today!
Work With a Real Estate Agent
It might be tempting to try and sell your home on your own but this is not recommended and for a myriad of reasons. First, while the thought of keeping costs down and being able to avoid any commissions is appealing, you're more likely to be leaving money on the table by doing so. In actuality, sellers who work with an agent are more likely to land a better deal. This shouldn't come as a surprise considering a trusted realtor will keep your interests in mind and navigate any negotiations.
If money isn't enough of a motivator to work with a pro, consider your time as well. An expert real estate agent will have experience in selling your home for the best possible deal as promptly as possible which will save you money and time in the long run.
Thoroughly Evaluate Your Property
While living in your home, you've probably grown attached to it. You've made lasting memories and shared incredible experiences there. However, when getting ready to sell, it is important to separate your sentimental values from the actual values of the property. Take an honest evaluation of the property and try to view your home objectively. What would a potential buyer be interested in? What would make the property worth buying? Are there any necessary repairs that would cause a buyer to be hesitant? This is yet another aspect that your agent will help you with; ask your agent to go through your property and give you their feedback.
Don't Forget The Little Things
When potential buyers view the property, you never know what might leave a lasting impression on them. Simple-yet-effective improvements may come with little to no added expense from you (other than a little elbow grease) and could make or break a deal. Consider your curb appeal: mow your grass, plant some fresh flowers, add a new coat of paint to your door. Make minor repairs/fixes if possible: take care of a loose door handle, fix a leaky faucet, give your walls some much-needed attention. A little can go a long way when preparing your home to sell!
Declutter and Depersonalize
All of those memories and wonderful moments you've made in your home are worth cherishing forever -- but when it comes time to sell, it's time to get rid of them (just for now!). Go through any living areas and declutter; maximize the space to give your home the spotlight it truly deserves. Consider clearing out any aspects of the living spaces that give off a personalized touch; it's important for potential buyers the impression that the home is ready for them to make their own memories! Another useful tip is to try painting all living areas in a neutral tone -- bold colors may be your favorite but you need to your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible.
Clean...And Then Clean Some More
Once you've made any necessary repairs, decluttered your living areas, and given your home a thorough evaluation, it is time to clean! Potential buyers will likely see photos of your home when it looks its best. Be sure to maintain the cleanliness of your home as much as possible so when buyers tour the property, it looks just as good as it does in photos if not better. Pay extra attention to bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas as this is likely where buyers will spend the most time when touring.
Of course, these are just a few things to know before selling your home. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the process, contact Demakis Family Real Estate.