Six Suggestions for Selling Your First Home

 If you’re a first-time home seller, you may need some help getting your house market-friendly and ensuring your listing will appeal to buyers. While some homeowners try to sell their homes without help or guidance, that can be mistake. Selling real estate can be a complex matter, especially when dealing with finicky buyers.

Get Help Pricing Your Home

This is a complicated point and you can’t even rely on what you paid for this house, when you bought it. Much has changed, including the market itself. Additionally, you may have made repairs and renovations that can change the home’s worth. While you may visit this website or that one to get an idea of what homes are worth in your neighborhood, only a local real estate agent can give you an accurate assessment of your home’s value.

Set the Stage

Before you take pictures to post online or begin showing your home to buyers, set it up to be viewed. Remove the clutter and consider putting some or most of your furnishings in storage. Buyers will want to envision themselves living there and that will be hard to do with your sewing kit, your kid’s video games, and your spouse’s work papers scattered everywhere. A fresh coat of paint couldn’t hurt.

Be Scarce

When it’s time to begin showing your home, you might want to take a short holiday, or at least arrange to be away from the home for showings. Buyers will feel much more comfortable browsing around the property, if the owner isn’t looking over their shoulder. Additionally, the real estate agent showing the home may have his or her own pitch, so your presence may actually hamper that process.

Get the Right Agent

Don’t just settle on the first agent you pass by on your way to work and don’t hire your cousin’s wife’s best friend. Do research. Make sure your real estate broker knows the market and lives locally. Additionally, he or she should have a positive social media presence and should make use of technology to get the best results. Often, people turn to the web first in looking for their next home, so being tech-smart is especially important.

Send Your Pets on a Holiday

Many people are animal lovers; many are not. In some cases, pet allergies can be a problem, as well. It’s best to book your pets in a pet hotel for showings or arrange to have a friend pet sit for those occasions. Additionally, clean up pet hair as much as possible and try to eliminate any pet lingering odors.

Don’t Go Overboard with Improvements

While minor repairs and improvements can make the difference, when marketing your home, big remodeling jobs can be a waste of time and money. In most cases, you’re not going to get back what you put into the renovation, so you shouldn’t count on adding value to your home in that way. Homebuyers are picturing the house as their own home and they may not like the remodeling job or they may have different tastes. That means remodeling in line with their own preferences, so they’re not likely to be willing to pay extra for the improvements. Stay simple. Keep what you have, but make it look newer with fresh paint and new fixtures.

These are just a few recommendations for successfully selling your first home. For more insights into the process, talk to your real estate agent. An experienced agent will likely have specific suggestions that will make your home more marketable in your area.