Selling your home—especially if you’ve never done it before—can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging. Strangers will come into your home, sizing it up and critiquing a place that has probably become more than just four walls and a roof to you. And if that’s not difficult enough to watch, chances are they will offer you less money than you think your home is worth.
Whether you’ve done this 10 times or about to embark on your first, selling your home is a complex and somewhat emotional experience, and it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of it all and make lots of mistakes. Luckily for you, Real Estate Caribbean has identified our top three tips to consider when selling your house:
1. Have the right realtor on your side: A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong realtor. Make sure you have partnered with one that is informed and up to date – ie monitoring a multiple listing service (MLS) like Real Estate Caribbean, thus giving you increased exposure to motivated buyers.
2. Looks are (almost) everything: You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling how it looks – that’s how important it is. New fixtures, fresh paint and a cleaned up yard (if applicable) can go a long way, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get most of your money back. It may be a small price to pay to replace an outdated kitchen or remodel the bathrooms; in lieu of a prospective buyer trying to knock a large portion of the asking price due to what they might see is a necessary overhaul.
3. Pricing it right: Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower later if the house fails to sell. Many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you’re not serious about selling or you’re unwilling to negotiate.