It's a dream for many to buy and take ownership of a home. It's something one aspires for in their lifetime. On the other hand, when it comes to home selling, the task at hand may be little less of a sweet dream and more of a nuisance for many. Be there real estate boom or no boom, selling a home can be a quite a time-consuming process and may not be as easy as one may imagine.
Getting buyers to visit your home may not be as much of a problem as closing in on a deal with one buyer. Prospective buyers can be got through the services of a real estate agent you choose to hire or through any of the advertising mediums you've placed an ad in. Do note that 80% of home seekers in the U.S. begin their search for a home online, so listing your home online is an option you should seriously consider.
Ok, once you've got the buyers to visit your home, it's important that you don't lose out on them for reasons you could easily avoid. A buyer may walk in to your home, look around and walk out without a trace of interest. Next thing you know, he's bought your neighbour's home ? a home identical to yours and which he's seen after yours! Believe me, it's happened to quite a few people and can be easily avoided. To avoid falling into such a scenario, a few things need to be done.
First things first, spruce up your home and make sure it's tidy when the buyer comes to visit your place. A home buyer would want to visualise your home as a place he can see himself and his family residing in and an unkempt home is definitely not going to present a very homely picture.
Fix the repairs that have long been due. Now would you be impressed if you inspected a home only to find half the switches not working or find a leaking toilet? It doesn't cost much to make do these long due repairs. In fact, not doing so could cost you a buyer. So, it's time!
If possible, try and let the buyers be to themselves when inspecting your home. Your being around them may make them uncomfortable and they may end up not viewing your home as they otherwise normally would like to. Let them move around freely, talk among themselves, inspect the nooks and corners of the house. All this will only make them feel more at home to decide about your home.
So make it easy on yourself by doing these little things and you may just find that selling a home is not that difficult.
Best of luck!
Sameer S Panjwani is the CEO and Founder of ChoiceOfHomes.com - Real Estate Portal for those looking at Home Buying, Home Selling or Home Renting.