When selling your home, condition is important. Your view of the condition of your home may not be objective. It will be a good investment to hire an expert to check your property for possible repairs. Some sellers hire a home inspector, just like the buyers will be doing, and have them do a report on the condition of the property.
- The appeal of your home to a buyer relies greatly upon the exterior appearance and interior decorating, as well as price and location. Location cannot be changed, but decorating and general appearance can be improved. Consult with objective people; such as an interior decorator, landscaping contractor, or good real estate marketing expert. Some paint, new carpet, a few shrubs or flowers may make a difference of months on the market and thousands of dollars.
- The price of your home when it is listed for sale is totally under your control. The price also controls how quickly your home sells. Your home may be the most exquisite house in town; but if you grossly overprice it, no one will ever visit it to learn what a wonderful place it is. Ultimately, you alone make the pricing decision. Gather the information that you need from a competent real estate marketing professional or have an appraiser establish the market value. Both of these professionals will give you a value opinion based on recent sales of homes in your area. Study this sales information and be realistic and objective when you set the price. An overpriced house will stay on the market too long and lose value because it has become stale.