The Do’s and Don’ts of Selling a House

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When you’re a realtor, selling your first house may seem quite daunting, especially if it is your first time ever doing so. There are some mistakes that many house owners fall into that can make the selling process much harder than necessary. 

There are also methods that some professionals use to sell the house much faster. Luckily, you can sell your house without any hassle by following the dos and don’ts listed below.

1- Pick the Right Aspects to Renovate

One of the pitfalls that homeowners fall into when they want to sell their houses is doing some major renovations to the property. Unfortunately, it can get extremely expensive and might not get the house owner the profit they were hoping for. It is important that you look around the house for aspects to replace or renovate so that your house sells for the right price. For example, if the roof is leaking, or needs repair, you need to replace it because it is a major aspect that will affect the price of the house. However, you should advise clients that they do not need to renovate the kitchen or any rooms if they do not require serious fixes.

2- Do Not Have a Cluttered House

When setting up your house for viewing, one of the most important things you must do is declutter. Think of it this way; buyers looking at a house want to imagine what their lives will be like in this place. If all of your stuff is lying around, they will have a hard time imagining, which can cost you a sale. Decluttering also ensures that your belongings are safe since strangers will be traipsing around the house. When decluttering, make sure to tackle places like closets since the viewers might open them to inspect them.

3- Market the House Properly

Another step that you need to take special care of is marketing the house. As a real estate agent, you will handle this part, but your clients can also do your part by having a photoshoot done to highlight your house’s special features and different rooms. Potential buyers can get an idea of the house while they are browsing online. Nowadays, most marketing is done online because people do not have the time to go to multiple house showings to narrow down their options. If possible, get a professional photographer for the photoshoot because they will picture the place’s essence.

4- Consider the Buyer’s Perspective

Before any viewing, you need to look at the house from a prospective buyer’s point of view. It will ensure that you are as objective as possible. Although this is probably a place close to their heart, especially if they’ve lived there for a long time, it is important to remain objective and find out what potential buyers are looking for rather than what you’re used to in the house.

5- Contemplate Whether You Need an Agent

This can be either a do or don’t, depending on your budget and whether you can sell your house privately or need professional help. It also depends on where you are located. For example, in some places like California, you can find real estate companies willing to buy your house for cash in a matter of days; instead of having to deal with many buyers. The professionals behind SoCal Home Buyers state that it is quite easy to sell your home privately if you follow the right steps and have a realistic figure in mind. However, if you do not mind waiting until you find a specific buyer and need help with the other steps mentioned, you should seriously consider hiring an expert. However, keep in mind that an agent will require a commission after selling your house, which is usually a percentage of the price.

6- Do Not Set an Unrealistic Price


Some people have the misconception that they need to set an incredibly high price for their house since there will be negotiations anyway. However, exceedingly high prices will put buyers off a house even if there is a possibility of negotiation. Not to mention that if your property has any major problems, it automatically makes the high price you set completely unrealistic. If you are unsure how much your house is worth, check how much the other houses in your neighborhood cost.

Using this list of dos and don’ts, you can rest assured that you will sell your property promptly. Getting an idea of how to sell your home as easily and quickly as possible is sure to help you find the right buyer without a hassle. Each case differs according to where you are located and the state of your house, but with these tips, you are ready to sell.


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