As the housing market demand begins to go up, you may be deciding to finally take the plunge and sell your home. You’ve probably done the obvious steps to begin prepping your home for sale by fixing minor home repairs, cleaning out your home’s clutter, and finding the agent of your choice, but there are a number of easily overlooked steps that should also be taken before you begin letting prospective buyers peruse through your home sweet home. 360 has prepared a valuable list to help get your fully prepared for selling your home:
Obtain Estimates of Utilities, Insurance, and Miscellaneous Fees
Although prospective buyers probably have an idea of the down payment and mortgage plans that they are expecting to pay and establish for a new home, they might not have considered all the extra fees that add up and should be taken into account each month.
Depending on the size and climate location of your home, utility costs can very a significant amount. Organize a list of your previous utility bills over the last couple years and have an average that you can provide for visiting homebuyers.
Similarly, create a list of additional fees that usually come hand in hand with a home such as pest control bills, termite bonds, and insurance fees. Not only will homebuyers feel more at ease knowing that the home is out of reach of high risk natural disaster areas and has been cared for on a regular basis in order to prevent pests.
Consider a Professional Photographer
As you’ve probably seen, professional photographers work their magic on family photos, wedding photos, and even photos for graduating high school seniors. A growing business for photographer now though is real estate photography.
Homebuyers usually browse through online real estate listings and click through photo galleries of homes’ interiors before stepping foot on properties that are for sale. In order to stand out above the sea of other homes that are listed online, consider a professional photographer for your own home. The cost of the photographs might be well worth it in the long run.
Have Your Home’s Floorplan Readily Available
Coldwell Banker guest blogger Cara Ameer points out that buyers often want to know the specifics of a home’s room dimensions before going forward with purchasing the house since they was to determine if and how all their furniture will fit within the new location. Having the exact dimensions of each room ready to give the interested buyers can add to the confirmation of wanting to purchase the home.
If you don’t have a copy of your floorplan, consider contacting your lender for a copy of an appraisal. Otherwise, strongly consider having an appraiser draw up a floorplan so that you won’t be caught off guard when an interested buyer wants to see exactly how big your living room or master bedroom is.
Remove Any Polarizing Objects
While we are always supporters in freedom of speech and allowing each person to express their own individualized beliefs, the truth of the matter is that not everyone shares the same understanding. Trulia real estate expert Michael Corbett points out that polarizing objects, particularly those that are strongly religious of political, can stir strong emotions in visiting buyers and might turn away those who don’t feel the same way that you do.
Clearing your home and giving it a more generic feel during a time when your house is on the market will keep prospective buyers from prejudging your home for more than its core contents. This can then increase your chances of selling the home at a faster rate.
We know that selling your home can be a stressful situation, particularly during a time when there is still a decrease in home values. Following these above steps though can better guarantee that you will receive the right amount for your home’s worth in the quickest time possible. Are there any other easily overlooked seller tips that you can think of? Let us know in the comments!