Selling a house is hard work. Maybe you are moving into a bigger home for your growing family or you are downsizing because your children have left for college. Perhaps you need to relocate for a new job. Whatever the reason you are selling, here is some information to make the process easier.

Real Estate Professionals Help You Sell a House Faster

Hire an experienced real estate professional from your local area to help you sell a house. They will prepare a comparative market analysis with other listings, homes that have closed, and homes that are under contract. The agent will work with you on setting a listing price for your house. They will create a net sheet that discloses the selling costs and gives you an estimate of your proceeds on the sale. Additionally, an agent can provide advice on how to make the house more marketable.

Selling a House: Get a Pre-Listing Inspection

A pre-listing inspection is a valuable service for home sellers. Hire a professional inspector who will provide a report detailing defects or safety hazards in your house. You can have problems repaired before putting the home on the market. The pre-listing inspection may help you sell for a higher price. Knowing about and fixing defects puts you in a better position for negotiating.

Updates Before Listing a House for Sale

Simple improvements do wonders for selling a house. A fresh coat of paint and replacing worn carpet make the home more appealing. Focus on the kitchen and the bathrooms. Simple, inexpensive upgrades in these rooms help your house sell faster and for more money.

Most buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. They don’t want to have to make a lot of improvements after they move in. Your real estate professional can advise you on the best areas to update when working to sell your home.

Hire a Professional to Stage Your Home

Your agent will give you some basic staging advice. It’s even better to hire a professional company to stage the home. The money is often worth not having to do the work yourself.

Boost Curb Appeal When Selling a House

Curb appeal refers to how a home looks from the road. It’s the first impression the property makes on potential buyers. When your home is on the market, have your lawn and landscaping beds mowed, manicured, and free of weeds. Trim your trees and bushes away from the roof and sides of the house. Add fresh mulch to the flower beds and make sure flowers in beds and containers look healthy. Pressure wash siding, driveway, walkways, porches, patios, and sidewalks.

Coastline Home Inspection offers home inspections, including pre-listing inspections for sellers, in the Hampton Roads area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.