Tips for selling your home

Once you have decided that it is time to sell your home you should prepare to put your home on the market. Many times, you don’t need to spend thousands to remodel your bathroom or kitchen in order to get the highest profit. In fact, often times those updates end up costing more than you will recover in the sales process. Instead, three simple steps will help you get through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Selling Your Home

Real estate agents are an invaluable resource in selling your home. A good real estate agent will provide an accurate valuation of your home, come up with a strong selling strategy, negotiate on your behalf and walk you through the closing process.

Selling a home is a complicated process. You will need to market and show your property, consolidate and negotiate offers, and go through the closing process. Allow a REALTOR to take on some of these tasks while you continue to do your job and live your life. By far the biggest benefit that an agent brings is their marketing capabilities. A good agent will have a solid network to push your home out to as many people as possible. The more people who see your home, the more likely you are to get a higher offer.

Brighten your home
A dark home can significantly detract from the number of offers that are received even if the property is otherwise great. If possible, you should update your current light bulbs to brighten up the space as much as possible. If you have dark walls now may be a good time to paint your home a neutral color such as a bright grey or a white. Not every room should be the same and less bold is typically better. Brightness makes a home feel larger and more welcoming and, in order to appeal to as many people as possible, you want to have great lighting and bright walls. This will greatly help you in selling your home.

Clean your home
Clean your home! As a REALTOR, it is unbelievable how many homes I walk into a home with clothes all over the floors, dishes in the sink and general mess. Many buyers will be immediately turned off by mess and will not consider writing an offer even if the place is otherwise great for them. Pick up your clothes, wipe down your countertops and clean your home. It will be worth it.

At the end of the day, if you are ready to sell your home follow these steps for the best chance of selling it quickly and for the most money possible.

Andrew Howley
Your Chicago REALTOR

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