Find answers on how to put a house up for sale

Selling a house is a tricky affair because real estate prices constantly fluctuate. Knowing when to sell is key and setting the right price is crucial. Too high and it won't sell, too low and you'll regret it. Read on to find out more about how to put a house up for sale.

Answered By Jose Lopez | 6 years ago
  • Q: How can I make my home ready for potential buyers to see?

    The most important thing you need to do is clean up. Floors, walls, furniture, windows, blinds, toilets etc. Fix up the cracks or anything that is broken. Be up to speed with the safety aspects – grills, locks and smoke detectors. Make sure all the appliances that will be included in sale are in working order. Take out the trash and recycling and keep the windows open. People want to know how much sun the home gets.

  • Q: How do I choose a real estate agent?

    Read up reviews of real estate agencies in the area and the experiences of people who’ve used their services. Ask them questions about how they will go about marketing your home, charges for their services, the takeaway from the sale of the house and any other hidden costs.

  • Q: How do I put my home on the market?

    You could go the internet way and post the listing for free on sites that allow it. You could also use social media to get the word out. Alternatively, if you don’t have the time to show the house to every prospective buyer, get a real estate agency that’ll do the job for you, albeit at a price.

  • Q: Should I get my home inspected before putting it up for sale?

    It’s a good move to get your home inspected so you know what needs to be repaired or replaced. You might be able to command a higher price or at least get your asking price, if your home is inspected. Under general inspection you might be obligated to make major repairs to appliances, plumbing, septic, electrical and heating systems, etc. A prospective buyer could get the inspection done and find the home lacking, dragging your asking price down.

  • Q: What is the best time to sell?

    The real estate market is a volatile one. Know the trends before putting up the ‘For sale’ sign in your front yard. Property prices in an upward trend will get you a great price for your property. Consult with real estate professionals, before taking the jump.

  • Q: What is the difference between a list price and sale price?

    The list price is the rate at which the home is currently listed. This is the rate that you find on websites and newspapers. The sale price is the actually price you end up paying when you buy it, which could be lower than the list price.

  • Q: What should I know before putting up my home for sale?

    You should know the trends in your locality, the values of similar properties, any upcoming projects that could potentially boost its value and of course the current state of the real estate market.

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