Before you begin selling your home, knowing the right questions to ask will help you determine everything: from your asking price, to how to find an agent, to decluttering your home – making the process of selling your home much simpler.
Listed below are answers to four of the most common questions Atlanta-based home sellers ask:
How much is my home worth?
The two most common methods for determining your home’s worth are appraisals and a comparative market analysis.
Appraisals compare your home to others selling in the area in terms of square footage, location, construction quality, garages, baths and so on. An average appraisal is roughly $300.
Your real estate agent can perform a comparative market analysis to other homes currently on the market as well as homes recently sold in your neighborhood. Some agents perform this analysis for free when fielding you as a client.
When is the best time to sell my house?
The best time to list your house for sale varies depending on your region. Typically, across the U.S., the spring is the best time to list your home because it’s warmer and more attractive to buyers. Listing your home in the fall offers the benefit of low competition.
Why do I need preparing, staging and marketing?
Preparing & Staging:
In order to make your home attractive to potential buyers you will need to prepare your home. First impressions are everything!
- Change all the light bulbs in your home.
- Remove all the clutter and furniture that you can to show off square footage.
- Take down photos and artwork and apply fresh paint to the walls.
- Clean out your closets, minimize your personal belongings, and keep your home clean!
- Keep your yard mowed and free of debris.
- Add some fresh flowers out front for curb appeal.
If you have already moved out, or the house is empty, then staging the home with rented furniture is suggested. It allows buyers to see the house with a few hand-selected pieces of furniture and simple décor to help them envision living there.
Signs in your yard may be an attractive way to announce to neighbors that you’re moving, but they won’t sell your house. Over 90% of potential home buyers go straight to the internet when looking for new homes.
A good real estate agent will advertise across multiple popular websites to help you sell your home. Besides a listing on their own realty website, they may use well-known and locally-based websites. Post-staging photography, virtual tours, and descriptive passages about the unique and desirable features of your home go a long way.
What do I have to disclose to potential buyers?
Home sellers should always be forthcoming and honest about faults in their home. Material facts reveal details about a home’s current condition, along with the age of certain components. Commonly disclosed information includes:
- Mold and mildew damage
- Termite inspections and insect damage
- Property tax amounts
- Leaks in the roof
- Foundational issues
- Sewer and septic problems
- Age of additions to home and deck
- Buried oil tanks
- Claims agains damages to your home
Most real estate agents have a disclosure form for you to fill out to help you keep track of your material facts. It’s best to inspect your home early and fix major problems before you put your house on the market so you can avoid getting turned down at the last minute.
Now with these most common questions out of the way, it’s time to get the ball rolling and consult your real estate agent today! For more information on selling your home, contact The Atlanta Homes team!