How to sell your home in slow economy
In the hard economic times that we are in nowadays it can be quite difficult to sell your home. Don't let initial frustration discourage you though. There are a few things you can do to make your place attract buyers and get a positive result.
If you want to sell your home fast and get a good price for it, there are some things you can do. One of them is to actually prepare the place for selling, making it look appealing to potential buyers. The first step in that process is to get rid of all the clutter around your house. You may think that because this is your place you have the right to keep your things scattered around, but this doesn't attract buyers. Once you put an advert online and a sign "For sale" in front of your home, it needs to be in immaculate condition 24/7. No one wants to enter your place and stumble into your children's toys or your old tools. If you can afford it you can hire a professional decorator who can do magic around the place. Doing some extra cleaning and fixing is not a waste of money - it guarantees you good advertisement. A potential buyer would be delighted to see clean windows, walls and floors, pipes and electricity in perfect condition. This is a way to claim the full price of the house - by giving it in a good condition. The more work your house requires after you move out, the lower price you will be offered by buyers.
Another thing you can do is research real estate agents. Before checking online the vast lists of real estate agents, talk to you friends, co-workers and neighbors - if they can recommend you a good one, it will save you time browsing online. Once you have chosen a few real estate agents - talk to them. A good real estate agent will tell you about their marketing plans and specific things he can do to help you sell your home. After all, in this slow economy, you need to be realistic as much as possible. The next thing to do is hire someone to take good, quality photos of your home. If you can do it yourself that will save you some money, but remember that photos are vital - they can tell a lot about your home - its condition, style, age and so on. Do not use too much Photoshop, don't lie to potential buyers about the colors or cleanness of your home, but touch some of the contrast and brightness of photos where needed.
One of the most difficult decisions is the pricing of your home. Trust your agent and his expertise on the matter, but keep in mind that the market is constantly fluctuating and this will affect the price of your home. Again, you have to be realistic and not overprice it. Most people love their homes and let their sentimentality define the price. These days, you cannot afford to do that or you may never sell your home. All in all, you are selling rooms, facilities and condition, not memories and feelings. Once you have an interested buyer, try to point out the work that has been done around the place. If your buyer realizes that the home is ready to move into, he won't have grounds for negotiating a lower price. However, if you have an interested buyer who doesn't have enough money, but really wants the place, think of ways to change the terms. This again can successfully be done by a good real estate agent.
The words "sell my place" can easily be fulfilled by a good real estate agent in a timely manner.