It's time to sell your house and you are thinking about doing it yourself. Maybe you have a new job in a new city, downsizing or the opposite, need a bigger home for a growing family. Whatever the reason you need to sell your house, you can do it yourself without hiring an agent, thus saving yourself some money in realtor commissions. However you must take some careful steps to make sure the process goes smoothly.
Getting Your House Ready For Sale By Owner
You may think that all you need to do is put a sign in the front yard "for sale by owner" and you will have a buyer for your house in no time. However without some careful planning it may take some time to get the right buyer, or even a buyer for that matter, to put your house under contract.
In reality there are a few things that you must do to get your house ready to sell. People are going to want to look at your house. So a dirty or cluttered house most certainly won't entice any would be buyers. Getting the house ready to sell should be at the top of your list. For Sale By Owner has a great article that explains this and more:
All good stuff. Your house HAS to be kept clean when you are trying to sell it, whether you use an agent or not. Some more good advice is to go ahead and pack some things and put them in a storage unit before you start to show the home to make it less cluttered. You don't want potential buyers to think the house doesn't have enough storage.
Also pricing is another big point. Over price your property and you won't get any interest. When you are trying to determine the price make sure you are comparing "apples to apples". You can't expect to get as much for your home that was built in the '70's and never updated to one that was built around the same time frame and has a brand new kitchen and bathrooms with granite counter tops.
Please read the full article as there are a lot more good tips on getting your house sold.
Closing The Deal And Getting Your House Sold
So you have cleaned the house top to bottom, put the sign in the yard, maybe done some internet marketing and ready to start showing the property. What next? US News has some good info on that:
Great advice. We would add that you might want to go ahead and schedule a few Saturday's & Sunday's for showing to tell people about when they call or email about your property. That way it will be a little easier on you to have the house spic and span when a buyer is looking at the property and not just have people popping in.
You may also want to contact a closing attorney to check and see what documents you need to sell your house. They may have a template that you can use and make the selling process that much easier.
Selling your home by owner can be a lot more involved that just putting a sign in the front yard. As long as you clean your house well, do some marketing and make sure you contact an attorney to help you with the closing, the entire process should go smoothly.
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