Each step can influence how quickly a property sells and how much you will receive at the end of the transaction. If you want to sell your house, follow advice from Rocket Mortgage® and other experts to get the maximum return on your investment.
Contact a real estate agent
A real estate agent is an expert in home sales. These professionals have extensive training to ensure you get the best price for your home. A real estate agent will also help you find the best buyer for your property. They will maintain regular contact through text messages, emails, and phone calls to coordinate appointments with potential buyers and tours of your property.
The real estate agent will also develop a strategy to sell your property safely and quickly, obtaining the highest highest price for you. They may promote the house using traditional and digital marketing — including flyers, classified ads, social media and electronic databases.
You should always verify that the agent you choose has an updated license to operate in the state where your property is located. It is also recommended that you make a list of at least three possible real estate agents and obtain references for each of them. In the end, it’s important to choose the one with whom you communicate best and who has the tools and availability to offer personalized attention to resolve all issues immediately.
Request a pre-inspection
One of the advantages of investing in an inspection before putting your house up for sale is that it could help it to sell more quickly. This is partly because potential buyers will be certain that a certified professional has verified the description of the house is correct, saving them time and money. However, the buyer may also wish to conduct their own inspection.
A pre-inspection will give you peace of mind that you won’t have to reduce your asking price due to previously undetected defects in areas such as the roof, foundation or plumbing, or due to insect or rodent infestations. This step will cost approximately $400, but it is undoubtedly worth the cost.
Determine the sale price
Numerous factors influence the sale price of a house. These include location, the condition of the property, the square footage of the building and the land, the age of the house and market conditions. Before setting your price, it’s essential to conduct a thorough analysis of trends and potential competition by comparing prices of similar houses in the area.
A real estate agent is invaluable for this step because they are familiar with local comps and can identify the strengths of the property to highlight in order to get the highest possible price. However, there are also digital tools to help you set a realistic and competitive price.
Do a general cleaning
One of the main tips for sellers is to do a general cleaning before putting a house up for sale. There are various reasons for this, but one of the main ones is that your real estate agent will likely want to photograph the house for its listing as well as inviting potential buyers to tour the property in person.
At this step, it’s ideal is to get rid of clutter. Streamlining your possessions will make your house look more spacious and organized, creating a better impression for potential buyers and eliminating distractions that could make the space less appealing. Remove out-of-season items (like Christmas trees and lights), excessive decor, books and magazines, and other things that may distract visitors. Remember that the goal will be for people to see the positive aspects of the house and all of its potential to appeal to any taste.
Invest in necessary renovations
The advantage of a pre-inspection is that you can identify any necessary renovations or repairs before putting your house up for sale. This includes things such as roof repair, plumbing maintenance, and fire and carbon monoxide detector maintenance. It’s not about completely remodeling the house before selling it, but rather making sure it is in optimal condition to be considered by potential buyers.
Inspection recommendations could include roof repair, pool maintenance (if one is present), and plumbing repair. It could also include deep cleaning of some areas, painting, electrical repairs and fixing any defect that poses a safety hazard or could lower your asking price.
Take professional photos
When selling a house, it’s ideal to showcase your property with photographs taken by a professional specializing in promoting real estate. This is a task that requires extensive experience, as the main goal is to create an instant connection with buyers by highlighting the property’s best features.
Before requesting professional photos of the house you’re selling, it’s ideal to do a general cleaning and make necessary renovations, such as retouching paint, organizing, polishing floors, and other minor fixes. Bear in mind that not all buyers will have the chance to see the house in person before making a decision and having an attractive (and realistic) visual reference helps give them a better idea of the potential of their investment.
This service costs approximately between $100 and $300, depending on the number of photos or videos you request. However, it is an investment that has the potential to help your property sell more quickly, making it well worth it.
Selling a house is a task that requires time and dedication. Following the advice of a certified real estate professional is one of the best things you can do as it guarantees the process is overseen by an experienced professional who will ensure everything is done legally and with the greatest benefit to all parties involved.
If you have any questions, we invite you to visit Rocket Mortgage to find answers to anything you are unsure about. You’ll surely find useful information to help make a successful sale!