Steps to Selling your Home

By: Bill Ucci

Selling your home is a pretty emotional experience. This is a place that has been your place of respite for many years and you likely have quite the emotional attachment to it. But whether your family has outgrown the home or its simply time for a change, you are going to want to give your home the best possible chance of selling for what its worth. Remember that what the home is actually worth and what you as an owner think it is worth may be quite different, but if you have paid attention to your property assessments and home prices in your neighborhood you should have a rough idea of what your home should be priced at. This is something that your realtor will assist you in. They will compare your home with others that are for sale and have sold in your neighborhood and determine that proper asking price for your home.



Once you have your home listed the major focus shifts to creating a great buying atmosphere in and around your home. This process is known as staging and it is vitally important. This is the process of making your home "buyer bait," for lack of a better term. This usually includes the removal of a lot of the stuff that is currently occupying space in your home. The idea being to make the home as un-cluttered as possible which creates clean lines and areas for buyers to imaging their things in. It is harder for them to do this if there is mountains of your stuff all over the place. This is not to say that your home is messy or unorganized, simply that it is easier for buyers to place themselves in a home that is sparse on personal items and extraneous belongings. This is a good time to start some packing of extra clothes, personal items and anything that isn't used on a daily basis. Doing this will only make it easier on your when moving day comes along. Try to place yourself in the shoes of the buyer and remember why it was that you bought the home in the first place. Try to bring that aspect of the home forth and any others you think may assist in the selling. Then let your realtor do their job!

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