Want to Sell Your Home? You’re Going to Have to Put in a Little Elbow Grease to Get the Job Done

No one ever said selling a home was easy. It’s not often you put a sign in the yard, get a call the next day, close with no issues, and get a check. There are lots of things you can do to help your chances!  Some things you can’t avoid, such as, if you live near busy streets or airports. Things like these will weigh heavily on their decision. You can’t change the location, but you can add some thick windows and try your best to make the outside look nice. If you do have a small yard, plant some pretty flowers and add some nice porch furniture. Consider putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Nothing looks better than a freshly painted front door, it takes ages off your home. decorations-accessories-living-room-alluring-grey-living-room-ideas-with-wall-murall-and-nice-sofa-set-with-square-coffee-table-and-pretty-tiles-area-rug-20-inspiring-grey-living-room-ideas-597x432

Something you can control is the cleanliness. Especially the kitchens and bathrooms. Buyers frequently are shocked at how dirty these areas are when they go to view a potential home. It displays laziness, and is really unacceptable to be perfectly honest. Take a trip to the store, buy some cleaning supplies, and put on the rubber gloves!

Buyers do not like sellers who follow them around the house when they are trying to view it. They are trying their best to get a clear idea on whether or not they like the house, the pros and cons of it, and if the pros outweigh the cons for them. And you…are a con. You may think you’re helping, but you’re actually helping yourself right out of a sale. Find a friend to go to lunch with when your realtor is showing your home. Go for a walk, catch up on work, or go shopping. It really doesn’t matter what you do to fill your time while your home is being shown, just don’t be there!front-yard-colorful-flowers

Please do yourself a favor and clean up around the house. When you leave your clothes and other items scattered around the house, it shows that you are messy, probably don’t take care of things very well, and also, that you don’t much storage. Put away the clothes you don’t need, and bring anything you can’t store to a family member’s house, or donate it.

If you’ve got wallpaper, or bold colored walls, try to make them neutral. It isn’t difficult to rip out wallpaper if its in a small room. Sometimes you can even paint over it! Bathrooms are extremely important to home buyers. Imagine how you were when you were looking at houses. The bathrooms were probably one of the first places you looked. It’s where you spend a lot of time. No one wants to see dirty grout around the bathroom walls and shower. It only takes a few minutes to add more!

Minor Improvements You Can Do Easily (And Inexpensively) To Help Your Home Sell Faster By Yourself

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Selling your home by yourself is not the easiest thing in the world. You might even be wondering how you can go about it. This article will provide you with some tips on how you can do just that. Should you choose to forego a realtor (not always the smartest idea, but you will have to assess whether it is the right move or not), here are some ideas on how to sell your house by yourself.

Homebuyers want a fresh, clean, and aesthetically pleasing home. Be sure to deep-clean your home. If you don’t have the time to, hire a professional cleaning service. No matter which way you do it, the house must be clean. Should anything need to be repaired or replaced, do it. This can include replacing or cleaning rugs, fixing any squeaky stairs, or painting any rooms. Should you decide to paint, be sure to use neutral colors. Consider lighting candles, and be sure to ask a friend to come over and give you his or her opinion. 

Don’t overprice your house! If you do, buyers will skim right over it online. They may glance at the cover photo for a second and love it, but they don’t click on it because they know they can’t afford it. Many homeowners who go the “For Sale by Owner” route, take longer to sell their homes because they don’t price it correctly. Be sure to call an appraiser to come over, so that you know how much your home is worth.

You need someone there to protect you at all times, and to make sure that everything you are doing is legal. Because of this, you should get a real estate attorney. You’d be surprised at the things that you wouldn’t think twice of, that actually aren’t allowed. A real estate attorney also can act as an escrow agent; you’ll need one to hold the deposit for your house. Having a real estate attorney will help you sleep at night. pretty-living-room-classic

Once you’ve got your home on the market, you’ve got to advertise it, otherwise you might as well have not listed it! Websites such as Zillow and Trulia are great places to start.

You’ve got to post photos; and actually posting them isn’t enough! They must be great ones; otherwise, they’ll hurt you more than they help. If you don’t have good quality photos, you need to get them..and don’t post any until you have good ones! 

Be sure that in all photos, there is no clutter, for example in the living or bedroom. No clothes, pet toys, magazines, or any other miscellaneous items should be lying around randomly. Everything should be put in its place.

Also, while this should go without saying, be sure you have a “For Sale” sign displayed prominently in your front yard. Don’t forget to write your phone number in bold, black print so that it can be seen easily from the street. Many people will write it down if it’s easy to, but most people won’t circle the block to get the info unless your home is truly spectacular.

Already Accepted the Offer, But Changed Your Mind About Selling Your Home? Here Are Some Options You Still Have


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As a seller, you should be absolutely certain that you want to sell your home before you list it. Otherwise, you’ll run into some serious trouble if you change your mind at the last minute and decide to forfeit the contract.

Sellers sometimes change their minds because they’re unhappy about the sale price. If you don’t like the offer, don’t accept it. If you have a feeling that you’re going to regret accepting such a low offer later, then don’t accept it. You can always reject an offer. Just because you haven’t gotten any bites on your home before this one buyer (who isn’t offering you a lot), doesn’t mean you should sell. For more information: Read This if You’re Withdrawing a Real Estate Purchase Agreement – HomeFinder.com.

If you’re a seller, looking for an “out,” first look at the contingencies written in the contract. Look for the ones that include the inability to get a mortgage, or a bad appraisal. There are usually lots of contingencies in a contract, and if you’re lucky, they might have forgotten to do some of the things on the contract. In which case, you don’t have to sell to them.  

If, however, the contingencies don’t offer an escape, the seller is stuck with breach of contract as the only way to not sell the home, and that’s a risky strategy. Breaching a contract is serious business, with serious ramifications.

What’s more, the buyer might bring a lawsuit for specific performance, in which a court would order the seller to complete the sale. The buyer can say that they met all of the conditions, and have the check ready, as well as the financing. They can say, “I am going to give you this check, and you are going to give me the house.”

Then again, a seller may have some psychological high-ground if they are currently living in the house. A buyer’s effort to force a seller out of his or her home might not succeed. See: Breaking a Real Estate Contract. The buyer also might sue to recover consequential damages, which are reasonably foreseeable costs the buyer has had to pay as a result of the seller’s breach of the contract. An example would be temporary housing costs if the buyer ended up without a place to live because of the seller’s actions. 

If a lawsuit ensues, the seller could try to argue that the contract or portions of it were invalid or un-enforceable. A lawsuit could be quite costly, and some contracts award attorney’s fees to the winner. That means a seller who breaches a contract and loses in court might have to pay the buyer’s attorney’s fees as well.

Another risk is that the seller’s real estate broker might insist that the seller pay the sales commission, even if the home isn’t sold. That’s a reasonable claim if the broker found a ready, willing and able buyer, but the seller took the home off the market

Most brokers or agents won’t let them off the hook on that. In fairness, they did all this work: They marketed the house. They got a value you could live with, and now you don’t want to pay them for it. Read: 3 Must-Knows Before Backing Out of a Purchase Contract.

Some buyers will accept a seller’s apology and move on to another house, but others won’t be so understanding, even if the seller’s excuse seems valid to the seller. All things considered, the best option for some sellers may be to try to compensate the buyers for their lost time, effort, expense and opportunity to purchase the home.

 

3 Must-Knows Before Backing Out of a Purchase Contract

Read This if You’re Withdrawing a Real Estate Purchase Agreement – HomeFinder.com

Breaking a Real Estate Contract