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3 Things A Seller Can Do To Be In Control When Selling A Home
Alright, gear up and take notes if your planning on selling your home! As a seller, there are some important things that you need to know and do when selling your home. Here are 3 quick actions that will help you save time, money and close your home to the first choice buyer!
1. Prepare your home for show and sell. As a seller - if your home is not ready for showings, then most likely the buyers that view them will also be able to tell that there is something not quite right. Most of the time, buyer's view home only once before they consider making a real decision on presenting an offer.
A. Make sure your curb appeal invites your buyer.
B. Stage your home. (Either by yourself or by a professional Home stager). This will allow you to create space, declutter and bring an welcoming look to your home.
Secondly, set time frames for when your home can be shown. This can be done by providing your agent open house dates, and availability during weekdays so that you avoid strangers coming to view your home at odd hours.
2. Provide a pest inspection and or clearance and get all your disclosures completed. Most seller's often object to getting a pest inspection or pest clearance completed but don't be fooled. This small cost if pest inspection can save you time and money and most importantly - allow you to control the sale. If you already provided a pest inspection or clearance up front, most likely your buyer will go off that report and you don't have to deal with a third party inspector whom most likely was hired by the buyer. It will not only save your time but also money. Buyer's will perform inspections and often time ask for a repair or credits which will cost you, "the seller".
3. Set the tone from the beginning. As a seller - you and your agent will need to be prepare to provide to the buyer's agent and buyers a list of time frames (contingencies) and closing dates. As obvious as that sounds, most transactions when not provided these laundry list will go beyond the time given for escrow to close.
I hope that these tips will help you control the sale of your home. Again - every sale is different from another - however there are some golden rules to make it easier. These are some quick tips that will definitely allow you to save time and most importantly - be in control.
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