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Selling My Own Home

January 19th, 2016 11:50 AM by David W. Welch

I have been in the real estate business for over 19 years now, and I just did something I have never done before. I sold my own home. I have purchased three homes, but I have never actually sold a home before. Don't get me wrong I have sold hundreds of homes, but always for someone else.

I tell customers all the time that 'selling your home is inconvenient.' Now I really know what I meant. There are some things you can do to prepare for a sale that will make things move more smoothly. Before putting your house on the market, have your agent come over and help you prioritize a to do list for anything that needs to be addressed to help your house show the best it can.

Often, this to do list can be broken down into 'de-cluttering, repairs and improvements.' 

De-cluttering is a great place to begin, because it usually doesn't cost anything and it gives you a head start on packing for your move. Start with family photos, personal mementos and other items that are meaningful to you, but probably won't help sell your home. Occasionally, folks have just too much furniture in a room, and that can make the room feel smaller than it is. If you can move some of the pieces to another room, that's great, but you may need to have a garage sale or get a storage unit if you really have a lot of furniture. Furniture de-cluttering can either be a money maker or an additional cost if you need to store items temporarily.

In my opinion, repairs would be the next priority in preparing your home for sale. Buyers generally don't want to get into a home that needs work. If you are not willing or are unable to get things into working order, expect to get less for your home. A relatively small repair could be the difference in getting market value or taking a big hit. 

Improvements rarely pay for themselves, but some can make a big impact. A fresh coat of paint can often go a long way toward improving the marketability of your property. I also find that a few updated light fixtures can really make a home stand out from the competition.

If you're thinking of selling this year, now is the time to get in touch with your agent to go over the preparations you will need to make to help your home sell in quickest time and for the most money. It's not convenient selling your home, but if you prepare ahead of time, you can have a faster and smoother sale.
Posted by David W. Welch on January 19th, 2016 11:50 AM

Yes, I certainly agree that repairs would be the most priority in preparing your home for sale. Of course, buyers don’t want to get into a home that need repair.
Posted by Pueblo De Oro | San Fernando Pampanga House and Lo on January 25th, 2016 9:43 PM


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