If you have tried to sell your home on your own, you may have finally decided to hire a realtor. However, the hiring of a real estate agent does not absolve you of all the responsibilities concerning the selling of your home. Here are a few things you will still need to do to help your home sell:
Keep your house clean.
Your house should stay ready for viewing. Although your realtor will likely give you some notice before a buyer is scheduled to view your property, you may not have time for a thorough, detailed cleaning. While your home is on the market, consider eating from paper plates and rapidly removing any clutter before it builds up.
Organize your home.
Every item in your home should have its own specific resting place. A lack of organization can result in your home looking unkempt, and although your house may be in great condition, it can appear to be in need of repair due to the amount of disarray.
If you are unable to organize your items completely on your own, your realtor may be able to suggest an organization service in your area to help facilitate the process. Still, you will need to decide which of your items should be kept and which should be discarded or donated.
Maintain your yard.
The curb appeal of your home can draw in or repel buyers. Home buyers tend to be drawn to homes with manicured lawns and well kept home exteriors. To ensure that your home remains attractive to passersby, keep your lawn level and weed-free. Also, ensure that attention-drawing features on the exterior of your home, such as your front door, appear freshly painted and in good shape. It is also a good idea to purchase a new mail box.
Give your realtor a bottom line.
Even after you have worked with your realtor to establish the sale price of your home, you may also need to discuss a lowest-acceptable price. This will enable your realtor to reject or accept offers even when you cannot be reached.
If your home generates a large amount of interest, you may receive multiple offers from different buyers. Your realtor will work to get you the highest price for your property, but he or she will still need to know what you deem as acceptable.
To learn more about your role in selling your home, schedule an appointment with a realtor in your area.