There's more to selling a home than putting up that sign in your yard that says "For Sale." To start with, there's the preparation process, where you have to see to following:
1. Preparing the necessary documents.
Gather pertinent documents on the property, like the deed of title and certifcate of registration.
2. Getting estimates.
Brokers and contractors can give you a professional estimate of how much your home would cost under the current market conditions. Brokers, in particular, will be able to provide you a free comparative analysis, which details how much similar properties within your neighborhood sold for. These experts can also advise you as to what improvements and repairs can increase your property's value.
3. Hiring a broker.
Real estate transactions can be complicated, so it's best to have an expert in your corner. Hire a broker with considerable experience and success rate. Ideally, the broker should know the neighborhood well, and should also know how to market your house to its respective income segment.
4. Cleaning and staging the property.
Presentation is key. Buyers are more likely to give you a good offer on a home that's clean and staged. Staging requires that you de-personalize the home, making sure that the exterior and interior appeal to the largest possible market. Staging also requires for personal effects to be out of sight when these buyers come over to inspect the home. The goal is to make it easy for buyers to imagine themselves living a new life in the home. You can opt to have your broker help you or hire a professional to do the staging.
5. Taking pictures.
Ready the camera. Once the house is spic and span and ready for viewing, take photos of it to include in your ads. Make sure to take flattering photos of each room and the house’s best features. You can get your broker to help you with this task, as well, or opt for a professional photographer to optimize results. Send the photos to your broker afterwards so that he or she can start working on your marketing materials.