First Steps to Take When You Decide to Sell Your Home

If you’ve decided to sell your home, you’ve probably given it quite a bit of thought. It’s a big decision to make. Before you list your home on the market, be sure you’ve done the proper research and planning to help ensure you attract the right buyers for the right price. This will help to ensure that the sale goes as smoothly as possible.

Do Some Research and Make an Assessment

By looking at prices for similar-sized houses in the same area as you, you can get a rough idea of what your home’s value is. It’s a great idea to go to other open houses in the area and see what people are asking for their homes, what amenities and features the homes have, and then compare your home with theirs. Also note how they handle the open house and keep in mind anything they’ve done that seems like it would be appealing to prospective buyers so you can utilize the same tactics during your open house.

Even with all this research, however, you’ll need a solid number when you put it on the market, so you have to factor in what someone is willing to actually pay for your home. A great way to start is to contact a local, reliable real estate agent in the area. They will know (or be able to find out) recent information about the market, and can take a look at your home to figure out what price range you could reasonably ask.

Take Care of Your Home

Your home may have a lot of great memories, but potential buyers aren’t interested in nostalgia. They are looking for a place to start the next chapter of their lives, so keep that in mind as you prepare to sell your home.

A good agent can give you some tips and suggestions for home improvements to consider. They may suggest moving items to storage, repainting, updating your kitchen/bathroom, etc.

You may also wish to call on a home inspector so you can avoid any surprises if and when your potential buyer calls in a home inspector. The last thing you want is a delay (and possibly even a loss of an otherwise in-the-bag sale) because you need a new roof.

Read our article about preparing for an open house for more tips.

Once your home has been tended to, be sure to get high-quality photos taken for your listing photos. Curb appeal is still very important, but great pictures can get potential clients to your door… If they never come to your home to check it out, they won’t be able to appreciate the work you’ve done to the outside of your home (be sure to read our article about boosting curb appeal).

Set a Date and Push Forward

Work with your agent to determine what date you should officially list your home on the market. Let them know about any time constraints (if any) and your objectives for getting into your new home so you can both plan accordingly. With that date in mind it will be easier to break down the steps needed to get you there.

As your deadline nears, you may experience some bumps in the road. Having a dependable real estate agent by your side can help the process go more smoothly and you’ll be able to get advice from someone who’s seen just about everything.

If you’re looking for an experienced group of REALTORS® in the Central Texas Area (specifically San Marcos, Austin, and San Antonio), contact The Damron Group REALTORS® to discuss your needs and set up a plan to help sell your home in San Marcos, TX or the surrounding areas. We’d love to hear from you!

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