While it might be tempting to stick a for sale sign in your front yard, that’s not the proper way to sell your home. At the very least, you need to research the steps involved in selling your home in Washington state. When you do your research, you’ll find that selling your home on your own can be a daunting prospect. Consider these points:
Repairing Your Home
Before selling your home, you need to consider the shape of the home in general. Does it need repairs? When the home needs repairs, any potential buyers will want money off the sale price to compensate for having to do those repairs themselves. When you repair the home before selling, you can keep your listing price without having to haggle over expensive future repairs.
Many sellers do put a for sale sign on the lawn, and craft a sales pitches for the local newspaper or online resources, but many buyers will go through a real estate agent. You’ll be missing on a whole segment of the buying population when you don’t have the real estate firm’s resources. Buyers who contact real estate agents are serious buyers too. They are not browsing open houses and sales for sport or hobby.
When you sell your home, there are many small costs associated with the process. From the attorney’s fees to survey fees and title search fees, make sure your account for these fees in your calculations. Sellers pay more in closing costs than the buyers do. You’ll also have to consider the cost of closing your mortgage with the bank as well. Many home sellers are not aware of the list of fees involved when selling the home. Don’t forget taxes on the sale.
Choosing an Agent
An agent is more than a person who will list your home with their vast network of buyers, but they will walk you through the entire process. They make it easier to sell your home and invest much of their time into finding a serious buyer. Find an agent that understands your needs, and that agent will work hard to sell your home. They are making a commission on the process so they will be a driving force in selling your home.
Finally, once your home is sold, you’ll have to consider moving costs. You’ll need to find a new place to live. Hiring a moving company or renting a truck and buying packing essentials should be added to the list of costs when you sell your home. Time off from work to schedule the move, switching utilities and everything else that’s on the list when you move will cost you money as well as time.
While it may be tempting to slap a sale sign in the yard, you won’t be doing yourself any favors. Some buyers might bypass your home because they do not want to deal directly with an owner that doesn’t have a real estate agent.