After several years of diligently saving money, I’m nearly ready to purchase my first home. Because I’ve been thinking about buying a home for so long, I know exactly what I want my house to look like. I desire a place that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. I also need a quiet space to set up my home office in. I want a massive, walk-in closet in my master bedroom. My master bathroom needs to have double vanities, a tiled, walk-in shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. On this blog, I hope you will discover how to set priorities during your new home search. Enjoy!
Whether it's more room, less space, or just a nicer neighborhood, moving up is a common right of passage for many homeowners. You may have successfully navigated your way to your first home previously, but being on the other end of the transaction is very different. Read on for some tips that will have your home sold for the top dollar in no time.
Find Just the Right Real Estate Agent
When you use a professional real estate agent, you aren't just using their marketing expertise, though it is probably considerable. Rather, you are buying into the whole package of what an agent can do. From exacting advice on how to price your home to helping you deal with offers, they will be there to support you. Agents have access to data about similar home sales, know what buyers are looking for, and know how to help when things go wrong.
Know About Changes to Make
No matter how immaculate your home may be, there are often several ways to make your home more attractive to buyers. Your agent will likely have good advice about how to declutter your home, make rooms look larger and light-filled, what needs to be replaced or repaired, and more. Buyers are looking for a dream home, and you can give them that by knowing what they want. Consider using a professional staging company to really ramp up the wow factor, or ask your agent about upgrades you can make on your own.
Be Ready for Emotions to Surface
When you've lived in a home for a while, it's only natural to become attached to it. Raising children, happy memories of family, and the beloved familiarity of the home may be hard to say goodbye to — especially when it's your first home. It can get worse, though, when your home doesn't sell right away or you are advised to sell it for less than you think it's worth. Try to separate your emotions from the sale and consider it a business transaction. If you don't, your home might sit unsold for months.
Selling in Spring
If you must sell your home in the winter, be prepared to make some additional moves. Homes sell better during the sunny days of spring and summer, and that is due, in part, to kids not being in school and the better weather in general. During the dark, damp days of winter, combat those elements with more lamps and open drapes. Encourage the cozy factor by lighting fireplaces, using (flame-less) candles, and throws.
When it's time to put your first home on the market, speak to a real estate agent for a successful sale, or for more information about real estate services.