Deciding to move forward with selling your family home can induce one of the most stressful times of your life. It’s not an easy process, made even more difficult if you have a sentimental attachment to the home.
And let’s face it! Haven’t we all made huge amounts of memories in the places where we spend most of our free time?
But once you’ve made the difficult decision to sell and are moving forward with the process, there are several questions you really should ask yourself to make things go as smoothly and effortlessly as possible.
Let’s discuss a few of those all-important questions here today:
Question #1 – How do I choose a Realtor? This is unquestionably where you want to start. Because until you hire someone to work on your behalf, you can’t really accomplish much else. Do you want to do business with a smaller firm where you can get the best personal care and attention, or a larger operation that might have a larger following and thus greater exposure? Or you can get lucky and find a firm that excels in both scenarios, one like the Oldfather Group.
Question #2 – How do I determine a fair price for my home? This is why you want to deal with question 1 first, because a good Realtor can prove invaluable when tackling this all important second question. By conducting an initial walkthrough, gathering information about your neighborhood and what similar properties have been selling for and incorporating other variables through personal interviews, you and your Realtor can determine what your home is likely worth, as well as how much you should list it for. Keep in mind when determining pricing that it’s always good to allow for a little negotiation with prospective buyers.
Question #3 – How long should it take to sell my house? Now that’s a hard question to answer because of how many variables there are to consider. You want to give it at least a couple of months from the time your Realtor begins the marketing process on behalf of your property. That might be optimistic, however, as factors such as location, the time of the year, the age of the home and several more will come into play. It’s important to keep your expectations realistic and communicate with your Realtor throughout the process, and you should see some movement sooner rather than later.
Question #4 – Should I stage my home during the selling process? This really depends on what you and your Realtor think is best. But we here at the Oldfather Group definitely believe in proper staging, in fact we’ve even held a few seminars specifically on this topic. Introducing elements like some nice new furniture, well placed home interior designs, new appliances, even flowers and plants can really spice up your home for prospective buyers. Also consider having a professional cleaner come in to make things more neat and tidy before visitors begin arriving.
Question #5 – What should I do on the outside of the property? You should definitely consider hiring a gardener to spruce things up outside. Have him focus on things like clearing any big plants or overgrown bushes, power washing all patios, decks and outdoor furniture and making sure the grass is freshly cut. First impressions really do count, and that includes on the outside. So don’t spend so much time sprucing up the inside that you forget about the curb appeal.
Question #6 – If I’m living in the home, can I schedule viewings by appointment only? Yes, of course you can. It is your home after all, and you’re in charge of who visits your property and when. One idea that’s a mainstay of the real estate world is to hold an open house or two, then take the family out for the day and let your Realtor invite several prospective buyers to visit the property at the same time. With other showings, you’ll certainly know ahead of time and you can say no if the time isn’t ideal. Just try not to do this too often, however, because you’ll need as many people as possible taking a look in order to sell in a timely manner.
These are not the only questions to ask yourself when selling your home, but they are a few of the more popular ones. The important thing is to spend a little extra time dealing with the first question, and be sure you hire a Realtor who is best suited for you and your unique situation.
And if we at the Oldfather Group can help in any way, don’t hesitate to give us a ring at 302-260-2000. We’d love to hear from you!