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If you want to maximize your home sale profits, it generally is a good idea to conduct a property appraisal before you list your residence. That way, you can receive a property valuation from an expert home appraiser. And with this property valuation in hand, you can set a competitive initial asking price for your residence.
A home appraisal may prove to be a stressful experience, particularly for a seller who is unsure about the value of his or her house. Lucky for you, we're here to provide insights into the home appraisal process and ensure that you can prepare for this evaluation.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you approach a house appraisal with confidence.
1. Understand How a Home Appraisal Works
Although you've allocated significant time and resources to upgrade your house, it is important to remember that the condition of your residence is one of several factors that a home appraiser considers. In fact, an appraiser will evaluate the current state of the housing market, the prices of comparable houses in your area and other factors to provide an accurate property valuation.
Oftentimes, it helps to work with a real estate agent if you plan to sell your home. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive immediate responses to any of your home appraisal concerns and questions.
2. Establish Realistic Expectations for Your Home
Let's face it – what you initially paid for your house is unlikely to match your residence's current value. If you set realistic expectations for your residence prior to an appraisal, you may be better equipped than ever before to accept the evaluation results.
It may be beneficial to look at the prices of houses in your area prior to an appraisal. This information can help you understand whether the housing market currently favors buyers or sellers – a factor that may influence the valuation of your house from an appraisal.
3. Explore Ways to Boost Your Home's Value
There are always options to bolster a house's exterior and interior. Therefore, following an appraisal, you should plan to complete home repairs that could help enhance your house's value.
As you search for ways to upgrade your residence, you may want to reach out to a real estate agent too. This housing market professional can offer recommendations and tips to help you improve your residence, even if you're working on a tight budget.
Of course, a real estate agent provides extensive assistance throughout the home selling journey. He or she will promote your residence to prospective buyers and host home showings and open house events. And if you receive an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent will help you determine the best course of action.
Ready to conduct a home appraisal? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can boost the likelihood of a successful house appraisal that leads to a fast, profitable home selling experience.
After you receive an offer on your home, how should you respond? Ultimately, there are many questions for a home seller to consider before accepting a proposal, including:
1. What is my home worth?
Did you get your home appraised before you added it to the real estate market? If so, you may want to review a home offer in contrast to your home appraisal. This will give you a better idea about whether the offer is "fair" based on your home's condition.
If you have not received a home appraisal, there's no need to worry. In fact, there are many ways to assess your home to determine whether to accept or decline a proposal.
Check out the prices of comparable residences in your city or town. This will enable you to see how these houses are priced and better understand how to proceed with an offer.
Also, review the prices of homes that recently sold in your area. With this information, you can learn about the current state of the housing market.
2. Are there any other offers to consider?
As a home seller, you'll likely have 24 to 48 hours to respond to an offer on your residence. But if you receive multiple offers at the same time, you'll want to evaluate these proposals in conjunction with one another.
Even if you receive two offers for the exact same price, these proposals may differ.
For example, a homebuyer who has financing in hand will be able to streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner. On the other hand, a homebuyer who submits an offer without financing in hand may require additional time to secure a mortgage from a bank or credit union.
Take a close look at all of the offers on your home. Review these proposals with a fine-tooth comb, and you'll be able to make an informed decision.
3. Does this offer meet or exceed my expectations?
An offer on your home may fall short of your initial asking price, but this offer can still meet or surpass your expectations.
Consider what you hope to accomplish as a home seller as you review an offer.
For instance, if your goal is to sell your home as quickly as possible, you may be more inclined to accept one of the first offers you receive. Or, if you can afford to remain patient, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach to ensure you get an offer that matches or exceeds your initial asking price.
4. What will happen if I accept the offer?
After you accept an offer on your home, a homebuyer likely will want to complete a home inspection.
If the home inspection goes well, the homebuyer probably will proceed with his or her purchase. If it does not, you may need to complete home maintenance or repairs to finalize the purchase agreement.
Remember, if you accept an offer, there are still several steps that will need to be completed before you sell your house. With an expert real estate agent at your side, you'll know exactly what to expect at each stage of the home selling process.
Getting your home ready to sell entails quite a lot. Staging, taking photos, stocking the toiletries, and--in the case of an open house--entertaining guests. You want the visitors to your home to feel welcome and like they could live there someday.
To achieve this it takes planning and an eye for what really “works” in your home. To do this you’ll have to let go of everything you’ve made your home into and turn it into a blank slate where others can imagine it fitting their personal taste.
In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on preparing your home for an open house or showing to leave the best possible impression on your visitors.
Remove yourself from the picture
It might be sad to take down your family photos and personal effects, but imagine yourself in a visitor’s shoes. When you enter a home you’re thinking of buying, you don’t want to be distracted by what the previous family did with the home. Rather, you want to look forward and imagine your own family making a life there.
Even the most minimalistic of homeowners tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. However, walking into a home filled with items is distracting from the features of the home. You want to draw people’s eyes toward the best characteristics of your home--whether that’s spaciousness or architectural features.
We suggest packing your belongings by room and renting out a storage facility while you wait to move into your new place.
Working with someone to stage your home is a guaranteed way to make sure your house looks welcoming for your guests and photos. However, if you plan on doing the staging yourself take a look at some similarly styled homes online to find out what looks good in their photos. When we furnish our homes, we do it based on our personal taste, comfort, and utility. Staged homes are about aesthetics and atmosphere.
Once you’ve finished staging, it’s time to clean up after yourself. Wipe down surfaces, polish wood, and clean the windows.
Don’t neglect the exterior
The outside of your home is as important as the inside. It will be visitor’s first impression when they arrive at your driveway. To prepare, make sure your siding and windows are clear of dirt, the lawn mowed, the gutters cleaned, and the doors freshly painted, if necessary. Sweep the driveway and remove any yard tools from sight.
Your real estate agent knows how to run an effective open house. However, here are a few key things to remember on the day your guests will arrive.
First, light a candle and use air fresheners where necessary. A neutral smell is the best option, but an air freshener is better than a bad one if there are parts of your home that are prone to bad smells.
Next, make sure the bathrooms are stocked with toilet paper, tissues, and clean towels. If yours are getting old, it could be a good time to replace hand towels altogether.
Finally, welcome your guests with a new welcome mat at the front door to make a great first impression.
You might want to believe that the home selling journey will be fast and simple, but high-pressure situations may arise that cause you to panic. However, there is no need to let high-pressure home selling situations get the best of you. Because if you know how to handle these situations, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a quick, profitable house selling experience.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you handle high-pressure home selling situations.
1. Use Data
A high-pressure situation may lead you to make a decision that causes you to miss out on an opportunity to achieve your desired home selling results. Fortunately, if you take a step back from a high-pressure situation, you can assess data to make the best-possible decision.
Typically, a data-driven approach to selling a house is ideal. If you analyze home prices in your city or town and other housing market data, you can determine if a buyer's offer to purchase is "fair" based on the current state of the real estate sector.
2. Analyze the Buyer's Perspective
There are two sides to every situation, and if you review the buyer's perspective, you may be able to successfully negotiate with this individual. And as a result, you and a buyer may be able to come to terms on a home sale agreement that meets the needs of both sides.
Although you may be tempted to walk away from a home sale if a buyer makes exorbitant demands, you should try to negotiate with this individual. If you assess the buyer's perspective, you may be able to gain unique insights into the property selling journey. Then, you can use these insights to negotiate with a buyer and boost the likelihood of finding common ground with this individual.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
Let's face it – selling a home can be stressful and exhausting, regardless of whether you are a first-time or experienced property seller. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals can help you stay calm, cool and collected in high-pressure situations.
Oftentimes, a real estate agent will work with you to craft a custom house selling strategy. He or she next will put this plan into action and collaborate with you throughout the home selling journey. By doing so, you can receive expert support as you navigate the home selling journey and achieve the optimal results as quickly as possible.
Let's not forget about the negotiation assistance that a real estate agent can provide, either. A real estate agent is happy to negotiate with a homebuyer on your behalf. Thus, he or she can help you get the best price for your house.
As you get set to navigate the home selling journey, it helps to understand what to expect after you list your residence. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can remain patient in high-pressure home selling situations and work diligently to maximize your house sale earnings.
Whether you plan on selling your house in the next few years, or if you just want to make some much needed updates to your home, renovations can be a great way to increase the value of your property.
However, not all updates will pay for themselves. Some upgrades that we want for personal reasons, such as building an addition for more space, could come back to haunt you if it isn’t to the taste of potential homebuyers in the future.
So, in this article, we’re going to talk about five simple updates to your home that have the best chance of increasing its selling price. That way, when you do finally decide to move on from your home, you can sell for the price you know your home is worth.
Improve your lighting
You don’t have to be a carpenter to increase the value of your home. When a potential buyer enters your home for the first time, two of the first things they’ll notice are the lighting and the spaciousness of the room.
Since lighting is an essential part of creating spaciousness, increasing the former will also increase the latter.
So, what are some ways you can increase lighting?
Add recessed lights to the ceilings of your home. It will open up space in the ceiling and allow for a greater number of lights overall.
Add lighting under the cabinets in your kitchen
Use large mirrors for decoration to increase lighting and create the illusion of spaciousness in smaller rooms
Painting for the modern homeowner
Home decor trends come and go. Not long ago, wallpaper was the go-to choice. However, the surest way to increase the value of your home is to use bright and neutral colors since, statistically, these appeal to the largest number of people.
Fresh paint and good lighting work together to make your home seem more polished and modern. And, for just a few hundred dollars, you can paint your whole home.
Remember, however, that it is easy to scuff up the walls in your home. So, it’s a good idea to paint closer to the date you think you’ll be trying to sell.
Low maintenance landscaping
While there are people who enjoy mowing the lawn on Saturday morning, those people tend to be few and far between. One thing potential buyers will consider when viewing your home is how difficult it will be to take care of the yard.
Adding an irrigation system, removing unnecessary obstacles, and planting hardy bushes and plants will woo potential buyers.
Upgrade the most outdated room in your home
If your home is in need of serious upgrades, it’s best to start with the room that needs it the most, especially if that room is a bathroom or kitchen. Replacing an old vanity or putting new tile down can be simple ways to spruce up a bathroom that’s looking dated.
Fix the little things
If you have a couple of years before you plan to sell, that gives you time to fix the small issues that you’ve noticed and will continue to notice. Maintaining your home now will give you less to worry about when the time comes to sell, and you don’t want to be dealing with leaking faucets when that day arrives.