Your Most Common Selling Questions Answered

Posted by Cameron Keegan on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at 5:01pm.

RE/MAX Moves Answers Your QuestionsAre you looking to sell your Greenville home and don't know where to begin? Selling your home is not a minor matter and homeowners should never be afraid to ask their real estate agent questions, no matter how trivial they think they may be. At RE/MAX Moves, we are seeing 4 common questions from sellers. From when to list a home, property value, and staging, we've got your answers below.

What is my home worth and what should I list it for?

The best way to find out the value of your home is to get an appraisal done or do a comparative market analysis. An appraisal may cost you approximately $300 but it's well worth the cost. An appraiser will compare your home to others that have recently sold in the area and determine a market value. They'll look at location, size, garages etc. You should get an appraisal before you sell your home to avoid overpricing your home. Many sellers don't do this to only later find out that banks will not lend the buyer that amount because the home' s actual value.

Your real estate agent can complete a comparative market analysis to other homes on the market and recently sold properties in your neighborhood. Additionally, your agent can advise you, based on your real estate goals, how much to list your home for. If you're eager to sell, you might want to list your property competitively.

How do I stage and market my home?

Staging your home is really as simple as decluttering, brightening and depersonalizing. Potential buyers are more attracted to bright and clean homes. They'll want to imagine their items in the home and their photos hanging on the wall. Easy ways to stage your home include:

  • Changing light bulbs
  • Remove clutter and take down photos and artwork
  • Paint the walls
  • Clean the home and closets
  • Landscape

An effective way to market your home is to use a real estate agent. Agents will use as many platforms as possible to reach potential buyers – from real estate websites (their own and other locally based sites) to real estate magazines to local flyers. Marketing your home online is the most efficient ways to reach buyers because over 90% of potential buyers use the internet when first searching for a new property.

When is the best time to list my house?

Speak with your real estate agent to discuss the best time of year to list your home. They will have inside market information based on your region. Greenville is lucky to have a mild winter climate most of the time, giving homeowners a larger selling window. Consider listing your home in autumn, as there is usually less competition and the weather is favorable.

Do I have to tell potential buyers everything?

It's best to be upfront and forthcoming about faults you currently have and previous faults you've had in your home. This will create a positive and trustworthy relationship between you and the potential buyer. Additionally, you can have your home inspected prior to having an offer so that you can avoid any surprises and unforeseen financial burdens. This can also be a great way to show your potential buyers how much effort you have put into properly maintaining your home. Some of the most common disclosed information includes:

  • Leaky roofs
  • Sewer/septic issues
  • Termites
  • Mold/Mildew problems
  • Tax amounts
  • Issues with the foundation
  • Sewer/septic problems
  • Any additions
  • Oil tanks
  • Claims against damages to your home

If you're unsure if you should disclose the information, consult your real estate agent. They'll be able to guide you with the best advice to ensure a smooth and seamless sale.

Are you ready to sell your home or do you have any additional questions? Ask them below or contact RE/MAX Moves today and let the experts help you achieve your real estate goals.

RE/MAX Moves
100 Batesville Road, Suite C
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Office: (864) 757-4787

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