The process of selling your home and moving to a new one can be hectic and stressful. However, there are a number of things you can do to smoothen the process, the most important of which is good organization. Below are some specific tips that will help you expedite and maximize the sale of your property.
Get Rid Of Pests
Nothing can kill a potential sale faster than the presence of pests. The last thing you want prospective buyers to see while touring your home are ants, roaches, termites or mice. Get your property inspected before you put it up for sale and if any pests are present hire a professional contractor to eradicate them. This is not something that should be done DIY, as pests can be difficult to get rid of. Pest control companies specialize in their eradication; the services they provide are worth every penny.
Know The Market
Many of the people who will be interested in buying your house will try to low ball you, offing the lowest price possible. Don’t take offense to this; it is just business. It is in their best interest to pay the minimal amount possible, and it is in your interest to get the most. If you know the market and the going rate for properties in your area, you will be in a stronger position to negotiate favorable terms. Ideally you want to get a price which is higher than the buyer’s initial offer yet lower than other properties for sale in your neighborhood.
Make Sure Your Home Smells Good
Aside from pests, greeting prospective buyers with an unpleasant odor is one of the fastest ways to lose a sale. Before giving a tour of the home you want to be sure it is deodorized, smelling nice and fragrant. Air the building out to eliminate stuffy air, and don’t forget to remove cat litter or pet objects which may retain their scent.
Throw Out Junk
Many homeowners are pack rats, hoarding large amounts of stuff which is unnecessary and should be thrown away. Not only will prospective buyers find it unsightly, but they will worry about having to clean it up after you leave and what potential pests might be in it. Go through your basement, attic or closets and throw out anything that isn’t needed.
Protect Your Privacy And Valuables
When you invite someone into your home, there is always the possibility that they might be tempted to steal any valuables which are present. The best way to prevent this is by locking them up. You should also put away objects which are private and which could cause embarrassment if prospective buyers see them. Home security should also be taken into consideration. Criminals might present themselves as parties interested in touring the house when their real plan is a home invasion. If you live in an area where firearms are legal, be sure to have one on your person during home tours, otherwise you might want to hire local security guards to keep watch, and never give property tours to groups especially if you’re female and alone.