If you are a first-time house seller, you will want to ensure you're getting the best offer for your house. Here are some tips to keep in mind when selling your house for the first time.
Research Your Market and Get Help of Needed
Depending on how long it's been since you first bought your home, the conditions in your local real estate market may have changed. New listings tend to get extra attention from potential buyers, so you only have a brief window to take advantage of before everyone moves on to the next new batch of listings. In other words, it's important to price your home competitively from the start if you want to try and sell quickly. Take the time to research other houses and how much they are selling for.
For best results, you should probably let your real estate agent take the lead on setting the price of your home. A good realtor has seen dozens or even hundreds of houses in your city and will have a good feel for what a good starting figure might be.
De-Clutter and Create Picture-Perfect Staging
When a buyer walks into a home for a viewing, they want to be able to imagine their own stuff inside the house. But that can be hard to do if you have random furniture or clutter everywhere. It might be a good idea to have a garage sale or donate some of your things to charity before your first open house. If you can get rid of some of your stuff, you will de-clutter the home and create more open spaces for buyers to notice. Take your time properly staging whatever furniture you have left and ask your realtor for their opinion before a big date like an open house with multiple people coming.
Get Out of the House and Let the Buyer's Agent Take Over
It's also a good idea to remove yourself from the situation when someone is viewing your home. Most buyer's agents prefer it that way anyway. The last thing you want is for the buyer to suddenly start quizzing you instead of their own agent. You never know in that situation if you might say something that could dissuade the buyer. Get out of the house and let the real estate agent do their job.
Learn more about selling your home by contacting local real estate agents.