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.
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.