Selling your home is a big financial and emotional task, which requires lots of planning. So before you decide to put your home on the market, here are four questions to consider.
What is my home worth?
Several factors go into determining your home’s market value. These include the condition of the property, square footage, location, amenities, as well as recent comparable property sales. The real estate market fluctuates regularly which makes it hard to predict what your home is worth on your own. However, most real estate agents would be happy to give you a free estimate as to what your home is worth in todays market.
How can I sell at the highest price possible?
There are several simple, low-cost things you can do to boost the value of your home. These include eliminating clutter, washing windows and walls, and installing higher wattage bulbs to create a brighter environment. Staging your home can also add value by helping to paint a picture for how buyers will use their new space. Quite possibly one of the most important factors is getting your house exposure to as many people as possible and that’s where the marketing of your home is key.
How long will my home be on the market?
The time your home spends on the market depends on several factors, including location, how competitively your home is priced, and how aggressively your home is marketed. Statistics show that if a home is properly priced, an offer should come in within the first 12 showings. If you want to speed up the sales process, don’t underestimate the value of staging. Research shows that well-staged homes can sell up to 32 percent faster than homes that aren’t staged.
How can an agent help?
A real estate agent can help with all aspects of the selling process, from pricing to marketing to handling the intricacies of closing. An agent will negotiate on your behalf to secure the best price – and quickest sale – possible. Statistics show that hiring a real estate agent garners a higher price for your home which means more money in your pocket.