There are hardly any families today that spend an entire lifetime in the same house. Often singles pick smaller homes, and then they marry and acquire homes that are more suited to them. Children come in later with their demands. Also, job promotions and shifts in lifestyles help people move onto their dream homes and locations.
There are several things to keep in mind once you have decided to sell your home and move on. There is much careful planning you will have to do before a sale is assured.
The cardinal role is to dissociate yourself from the house. The longer you are emotionally attached to it, the more difficult it will become for you to part with it. You have to make yourself feel that the house, and not your home, is a product now. It has to be sold for what its worth. You have to be objective. Focus on the house you are going to get in the bargain of leaving this one. Make a picture of new people moving in and you moving in your new home. Think of that house of being all you ever wanted.
The next step is to find an agent. It is really the agent that can carry the deal through. Finding the right one is rather tricky as there are a lot of them in the market and honesty is not always there. They usually overplay their strengths and hide their weaknesses. You need to be a little insightful to understand whether he/she will be able to deliver what they are promising. Be clear on the terms of your dealings with them. Set the commission percentage with them initially itself. There should be no arguments after the sale is finalized.
There are agents and then there are realtors. These are licensed and registered professionals and follow certain codes of principles. Hiring them, you can be sure of ethical service. A good idea would be to ask around family and friends who have hired agents or realtors. They can give you reliable references.
The next thins to consider is how you are going to price your house. You can hire the services of a professional who can give you an estimate of the house. Avoid overestimating and therefore overpricing your house. Be realistic and understand its worth. Selling a house will become a very time consuming process of you are overpricing it. Also, your house will lose its appeal if it’s shown around too much and prospective buyers do not come back because of the price.
Another way of getting an estimate is asking around for similar houses and checking the amount they sold for. You can base your estimate roughly around the same amount. Also, see the duration for which they were on the market. Most people and agents lose interest in a house if it’s been in the market for over three weeks. So evaluate your home carefully.
Ultimately, settle for the best price if nothing is coming along your way. It is better than having no sale at all.