Perhaps you’re about to relocate to a new job or are thinking of retiring. Maybe the kids have moved out and now you need less space – or you just had a baby and you need more. Whatever your situation, you want the sale of your home to go as smoothly as possible – and within your ideal time frame and of course, getting the best price possible. Selling a home becomes easier if you have some guidelines to follow – and call Trusted Realty Group for our services.

WHY WORK WITH A REALTOR?

Sure you can put a sign in the front yard or even list your home with “For Sale buy Owner” services. But, in today’s market the use of a professional is more vital than ever. With an experienced Trusted Realty Group Professional at your side, selling your home is easier, faster, more profitable, and a lot more fun. A good RealtorĀ® can offer valuable advice, market your property, hold open houses, and coach you through the entire home selling process. And you’ll save time.

SELLING TIPS

Your Trusted Realty Group Professional will provide a complimentary evaluation of the most important things you can do to maximize the showing of your home.

A mowed, trimmed lawn and weeded garden create a good first impression. Inspect the exterior of your property: Shutters, windows, front door and steps. If the house needs painting, buyers will notice and may consider it a major objection to purchase.

Scrub each room thoroughly. Give special attention to the entryway, kitchen and bathrooms. Shampoo the carpet if necessary. If carpet is worn or old, consider replacing or removing it if hardwood floors are underneath. And don’t forget cobwebs in corners!

Buyers will open closets and cupboards, so make sure they’re as tidy as possible. Get rid of items you don’t use. Remove unnecessary furniture to help make each room appear more spacious.

Easily fixable items such as loose doorknobs, a broken dishwasher, a dripping faucet, and squeaky doors all detract from your property’s value. An afternoon spent making needed repairs now can eliminate a buyer’s objections later.

New towels can freshen a tired kitchen or bath. Fresh flowers add warmth to any room. And even a fresh coat of paint doesn’t cost much.

Make sue your home passes the scent test. Right before an open house, bake some cookies or bread, simmer a pot of apple cider & cinnamon on the stove, or light a few scented candles. Strong odors could send potential lookers running out the front door.

ACCEPTING AN OFFER

Someone has decided your property is just right and makes you an offer. When your Trusted Realty Group Sales Professional conveys the offer to you, you’ll know whether the price the buyer has suggested is fair. It may be less than your asking price. Yet you don’t have to reply immediately if you’re not certain the price and terms are acceptable.

Consider the current real estate market: Are houses in your neighborhood selling quickly, slowly, or not at all? Don’t assume that one offer will lead quickly to others. One predictable factor in the real estate market is that it’s totally unpredictable.

FINDING A COMPROMISE

If you and your potential buyer are far apart, you could offer a few concessions such as appliances or a security system, or make some improvements prior to closing.

DRAWING UP A PURCHASE AGREEMENT

Your purchase agreement will include:

    • The total price
    • The amount of the down payment
    • The date the closing will take place

When completing the agreement, provide as much detail as you can about what’s being sold and what’s not. The more fully you spell out the details of the sale, the less room there is for problems later.

Most buyers insist that a provision for cancellation without penalties is included to protect them if they’re unable to get a mortgage, or the home inspection uncovers major problems. They might also ask you to make your sale contingent on the sale of their current home. Delays happen frequently, so expect to do a little waiting before your agreement is finalized.

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