Selling your home can be very complicated. It involves a lot of showing, paperwork, meeting with people and most of all, you knowing the complete process. That being said, it helps to prepare you ahead of time. There are a few things that home owners who wish to sell a house should do prior to putting the “house for sale” sign in the front yard.
The sooner these things are done, the easier the job of selling the house will be for all parties.
Here are a few suggestions for things that you should do prior to putting your house for sale:
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Getting your house ready to sell. Is your house it in tip-top shape? Does it need painting? Roof repair? Yard maintenance? Or do you need to remove some of the furnishers to light up the house. These are things you want to have ready ahead of time. First impressions make a lot of difference; you want your house to look great when it’s time to sell. That applies to the inside of the house, as well. Before you show it, you need to make sure that it’s clean and tidy.
Get pre-approved for a loan. If you are going to need to buy another house after you sell this one, you should get pre-approved for a loan now. That will make it much easier for you to shop for your new home. An even better idea would be to apply now for a home equity line of credit on your existing property or know where your down payment will be coming from. That will insure that you have an adequate down payment and is quality for your next home should you find that one before your current house is sold.
Consider having the house appraised. While professional real estate agents have a good idea of how much a home should sell for, you may not if you are selling it yourself. It wouldn’t hurt to have an appraisal that is independent of the realtor or lender.
Selling a home isn’t that complicated; millions of them are sold every year. But the more prepared you are to sell yours, the easier it will be.