Letting go of a family home, especially one you’ve lived in from the birth of your first child ‘til the last one trooped off to college, is extremely difficult. Aside from having mountains of stuff to sort, there are the memories that flash in and out which you end up sorting as well.
Whatever your reason for selling, it’s sure to be an emotional decision as well as a financial one, and neither aspect should outweigh the other. Once you’ve decided to sell, here are a couple of things to bear in mind:
Timing is everything
Sellers choose to put their houses on the market in the springtime because they believe that’s when buyers are actively looking. However, experienced realtors point out that you can sell any time of the year because market conditions and circumstances change every day, so anything is possible.
If you don’t have time to entertain inquiries and show the house to potential buyers, you’re better off hiring a realtor who can do all that, and more. A realtor can organize an open house, follow-up prospective buyers, etc.
Getting a home ready to be sold
It’s advisable to finish all improvements and removal of personal items before you have the house listed. The house should appear ready for occupancy because as far as buyers are concerned, condition of the house is key. Seeing the home with pending improvements will only serve as an opportunity for the buyer to haggle.