Selling a home shouldn’t be the most difficult task in the world, but it also usually is not quite easy. You have a lot of details you need to take care of, and some mistakes can be financially devastating. Here are some of the first things you can plan for.
Create a Marketing Plan
Your home is never going to be sold if people don’t know that you’re selling it. In your own way, you need to market your home. You need to get the word out there. There are many ways to do this – if you want to try and undertake the task alone, it’s a good idea to use the internet. You will want to use the web both for the sale itself (posting the property on for-sale sites like Craigslist) and as a resource to educate yourself. Other people have posted experiences on blogs, discussing how they marketed and sold their homes on their own. If you want some help, however, you can always hire a real estate agent, who will know exactly where to list it.
Plan for a Longer Process
Nothing is guaranteed in the home-selling process. Markets fluctuate in ways that are entirely beyond your control. A home sale can take over a month to completely close. In fact, the average time it takes to sell a home is two to three months, and you might even find yourself unpleasantly surprised if something happens and it takes longer. You’re going to want to plan for the worst-case scenario. Are you financially able to support yourself and your family if the home doesn’t sell for months on end? This is another reason why an agent can be helpful – they tend to get better results.
Know How and What to Pay For
Selling a home is going to include closing costs. That might include banking or insurance fees. It might include taxes or fees mandated by the state with the sale of the house. It could include the costs of repairs as you prepare to make the house as presentable as possible. And if you do hire an agent (which is often a good idea), they will require around a six percent commission after the sale is made. Make sure to calculate your closing costs and ensure that they’re within your budget.
Planning ahead is one of the greatest habits in life. It’s far safer to tackle the big, serious life transitions when you’re prepared emotionally, financially, and materially. Selling a house is certainly a huge step – so don’t slack off, especially when it could have serious consequences.
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