Selling your home can be a harrowing prospect for many families. Without the help of an experienced realtor, the process can drag on much longer than you would like and can often be confusing. If you are considering selling your home in Fairfax, VA, your prospects are better than in other parts of the country. The market for homes in most parts of the nation favors the buyer, with more homes available and the average amount of time a home is on the market tending to be longer.
Fairfax, VA Is The Place To Be
Because Fairfax, Virginia is an increasingly attractive location for families looking to move due to its relatively solid job prospects, steady growth, and great schools, selling your house in Fairfax is somewhat easier than other parts of the country. However, In order to aid your Fairfax realtor in the process of selling your home, there are some steps homeowners can take to help move things along. Below is a brief list of things you can do to prepare your house for sale as prime home-sale season nears this spring and summer.
Get to Know Your Market
When considering listing your home for sale in Fairfax, Virginia, it may first be best to get to know the local real estate market in order to understand what to expect as a potential seller. Go online and check out prices homes in your area have sold for recently, how long they were on the market, and what the initial asking price was. Be sure to pay attention to homes of a similar size, and with similar amenities.
Get a Home Inspection
Before contacting a realtor, look into getting your home inspected by a certified professional home inspector. The inspector will be able to identify any potential areas in your home that may need repairs or replacement prior to putting your home on the market. By getting a total home inspection prior to putting your home on the market, you have more discretion in choosing the inspection service, getting the price you want, and making any repairs with contractors you trust.
Make your Home Pop
After the initial home inspection is complete is the time to get your home in shape to be shown to potential buyers. Make sure everything works well, including HVAC systems, plumbing, fireplaces, and appliances. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior and interiors is also a great way to make your home feel new and vibrant. In a buyer’s market, your home will be one of many that potential buyers will see on any given day, and will need to be alluring from the outset. Maintaining a clean front of the house, adding to your landscaping, and resealing or rehabbing old front porches or driveways are great ways to attract buyers from the street. This is called curb appeal.
Determine a Price
Now that you have the best real estate agent representing your interests in selling your home, it is time to determine a price for your home that you can be happy with, and that will cover the costs of selling your home adequately. It is important to work with your realtor to determine a asking price that is realistic, as well as a minimum offer you would be open to.
Clear Out the Clutter
Once your home is listed, clear out space in your home so that showings can go smoothly. You want to allow potential buyers to envision themselves and their families living in the house. This will be hard to do if your house is cluttered and full. Buyers will get a better idea of the house the emptier it is. Rent a storage unit to clear out some items if it is too early to move them to your new residence. Sell off anything you will not need after the move.
Contact Joe for More Info
When selling your home, the most important goals are getting the financial return you want on a timeline that is acceptable. Because of the complexity of the home-selling process in Fairfax, it is highly recommended that you work with a licensed and qualified real estate agent.
I have extensive experience and a proven track record of selling homes in local Virginia markets. Many of my first-time clients become lifelong clients because of my results-oriented process. If you would like more information on selling your home in Fairfax or are ready to start the process – give me a call or contact me online to discuss your goals.