It’s that time of year when you start to get a little spring fever.
Sometimes that means cleaning and sometimes that means you want to sell the home you have and buy a new one. There are some who have to sell their home because of a job-related move. No matter what the reason, there are some great tips to make that sale go a little smoother.
It has been a tough few years with home sales, but they are not totally stagnant in our area. In fact, according to Elaine Montgomery, the vice president of Meybohm North Augusta, home sales are anticipated to increase as spring comes.
If you are planning to market your home, make sure it is ready to be shown. According to Montgomery, keeping the bushes trimmed and yard mowed are good ways to start. Fix items that you know need attention ahead of time. That might mean giving a fresh coat of neutral paint to give your walls a crisp look. If you have pets, remember to keep their supplies out of sight. Think like a buyer. What would it look like to you as a buyer when you look at your house?
When you are picking a Realtor, remember to look for the big five: honesty, dependability, accountability, loyalty and confidentiality. According to Montgomery, your Realtor should keep you updated on when your house is shown and any feedback received.
The Realtor should advertise your home and hold open houses periodically, make you aware of other home prices that have sold in your area, and let you know of your home being on the Internet and multiple listing services.
As a buyer, you should expect that your Realtor will not only set up home viewings for you but walk with you through the initial offer, counteroffers, home inspection all the way through closing. The first thing you should do, however, is to get prequalified for a home loan. This not only will speed up the home-buying process, but will also help you understand exactly what you can afford.
It is important to note that the seller normally helps pay closing costs and other fees. You can even ask the seller to provide a home warranty that will help protect you from costly repairs in the first year.
Be realistic in your offer, but once you have decided what you will offer, write it up and see what happens.