You have found an amazing new home community for you and your family. You can envision your “perfect” home there. But there is one big thing left outstanding: Selling your current home. You keep trying to weigh the options and decide if you should hire a real estate agent or take the for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) route. After all, you are not required by law to use an agent to sell your home.
But selling your home doesn’t have to be an added stressor. You may be able to save yourself headaches and valuable time by working with a real estate agent.
Let’s take a look at five of the advantages of choosing an agent vs. FSBO.
The Person With The Experience and Education
Real estate agents spend each day focusing on one thing— selling homes for their clients or helping them buy one. They’ve spent a great deal of time gaining experience and honing their craft, and no one is more qualified during each step of the process. They also know how to make real estate transactions as easy as possible for their clients.
Agents also have access to industry tools like MLS. They have their own personal websites and social media accounts that have hundreds of visitors a month and an engaged group of active followers. They also have a network of other agents who have buyers at the ready.
Why not hire someone who has the experience and knowledge so that you don’t have to learn it all now?
Selling a home involves massive amounts of paperwork at every step of the process, some of which involves complicated legal requirements. Unless you have the time to devote to fully understanding and putting together this paperwork,
If you’re considering buying a brand-new house from SEDA New Homes or are already in the process, you may need to get the home you’re moving from on the market and sold quickly. Here are four home selling tips that can help.
Declutter and Stage Your Home
If you’ve lived in your home for any length of time, you’ve probably added to your personal belongings in a way that made you feel comfortable. When it comes time to sell your home, though, less can definitely be more. Consider removing personal photos and knick-knacks to help potential buyers envision themselves in the space. It’s also a good idea to remove any religious or political items.
You may also decide to remove excess furniture—and then, take a step back and try to look at your home from the perspective of a buyer who is viewing your home. This may inspire you to move furniture away from your walls and otherwise make it roomy and easy for prospective buyers to walk around without bumping into anything. Reposition your furniture in cozy groupings, making your home look comfortable and friendly.
Also, pay attention to your closets. Every buyer wants to ensure there’s enough storage, right? Remove about half of your closeted belongings and then neatly organize what’s left. Do the same with any cabinets in your home, such as in your kitchen and bathrooms.
Finally, if you’ve got a room that you use mostly for storage, transform it into a functional room, perhaps using furniture that you’ve removed from other rooms to create space.
Price Your Home Strategically
When you first put your home on the market, that’s when you’ll likely get the most traffic to the property. In fact, the first 30 days are crucial.