Selling your home can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. And it doesn’t have to cost you tens of thousands of dollars in real estate commissions, either. Selling your home on your own, without an agent, will save you tons of money and it’s totally do-able. You can read more about that, and follow these tips for how to sell your property without an agent:
Prepare Your Home
First of all, you need to clean your home, and well. It’s not enough to just clean like your parents-in-law are coming over…you really need to take care of every nook and cranny. Hiring a professional cleaning service can take care of all the spots you might miss. An appraiser is going to notice every little thing, so if it’s worth it to get the best possible value for your house, it’s best to put in the time here. And declutter your home to really help the process along. It will not only make the space look much nicer, but you’ll feel far more organized and prepared when it comes time to move out.
Have Your Property Inspected
Since most real estate contracts will allow the buyer to have your home inspected, it’s best to get it done before to head off any problems. Have an inspector come and test all the major appliances, heating and cooling systems, water, etc. Get any repairs made to ensure that everything is in top working condition. Don’t neglect to get your roof and foundation checked as well, and any updates made to those that are needed.
Hire an Appraiser to Evaluate Your Property
Yes, you want to save money on selling your home by not hiring a real estate agent, but an appraiser is definitely an investment you want to make. They will come to your home, ask questions, take measurements and notes, and use their professional skills to come up with a realistic price range in which you can expect to sell your home. They can give you any tips you might need to sell it at its highest value. Hiring a professional to do this will save you money in the long run.
Get Your Property Ready to Move In
If you spend time taking care of the details to make your home move-in ready, you’ll be far more likely to sell it at a price you want and in the time frame you expect. Home buyers can be lazy, so if the property needs fixing up in some areas, they might pass it by even if they do like it. Make sure everything is ready to go, from the yard to the basement.