Selling a Home in Granbury, TX
Making the choice to sell a home can be a big undertaking and it can seem a little bit stressful. However, understanding the process and educating yourself along the way is really the key to feeling stress-free about the transaction. Once you've made the choice to sell your home there are some steps to take and throughout the process, there are responsibilities for the homeowner/seller as well as the agent and all parties involved. We want to make your home sale as easy and as stress-free as possible so start here with the ultimate guide to selling your home in or around Granbury Texas.
#1. Enlist the help of a qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable listing agent.
A lot of people decide to list their homes with a friend of a friend or family member that just got into the real estate business or maybe does real estate on the side. The problem with that is they may not understand the market, current housing climate, or even how to appeal to today's buyers. Unless you sell real estate frequently and full time, it can be difficult to understand how to market, price, and show your home. Because we work with both buyers and sellers, we understand the current market and what buyers are really looking for. We also understand the micro-markets in individual communities and neighborhoods because what might sell in one area may not sell in another quite as easily.
Contact us below to find out what your home is worth and to interview one of our qualified real estate agents.
#2. Preparing your home.
While listing agents specialize in marketing and pricing your home, some responsibilities do lie with the homeowner. If you're looking for cash for your home, there are options, but if you'd like as much profit as the market can bear, there are some things you can do to make sure you get the most value and profit from the sale of your home.
Clean like you've never cleaned before.
This is not only a deep cleaning but a cleaning that you'll need to keep up with while your home is on the market. Buyers are picky; they'll notice everything from dirt in window and sliding door tracks to dusty ceiling fans, nicked doors and scuffed paint. Now is the time to correct anything and everything that may have been put off while you lived in the home. A good rule of thumb is to not make any mess that you can't clean up in 30 minutes or less. If necessary, hire the help of a cleaning service at once a week while the home is on the market.
Fix and repair.
You want to make sure that every little item in your home works perfectly. Six squeaky door knobs and hinges fix leaky faucets or hoses, repaint rooms if necessary, and do all the little odds and ends that maybe you've been putting off over the years. Buyers will be picky and they will notice everything.
Each room should be stage as it was originally intended. This means that no more home office in the dining room or playroom in a random bedroom. Each room should be perfectly staged as it was originally intended. For listing photos, consider setting the table, setting the stage in different rooms and creating environments that are welcoming and inviting. For instance, if your bedroom allows it and has the space, have a cozy nook set up with a nightstand, lamp, good book and a pair of glasses. If you have a sunroom or porch, set the stage for a relaxing evening with friends or family. Bathrooms should be a spa oasis with crisp, white rolled linens, baskets with toiletries, and even a splash of green. Getting ideas from HDTV and even Pinterest are great ways to find ideas for staging each room in your home.
If you're only going to allow buyers to see your home Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 1 PM. You might lose a lot of potential buyers. Being flexible on when you can show your home will ensure that buyers will feel comfortable scheduling an appointment at any time. Of course, you'll need to be reasonable. Showing buyers a home at 10 o'clock at night is not always the best option but being flexible and willing to move schedules around will make for a better tactic to get buyers in the door.
#3. Pricing your home
This is where using a dedicated and experienced real estate agent really comes into play. Using technology and all tools available, we compare similar properties that are on the market, coming soon, and those that have sold within the last 3 to 4 months. Markets can change on a dime so it's important to understand the type of property, the type of current buyers, the market, and even the time of year. Pricing your home is a delicate strategy. Price your home too high and you're likely to sit on the market way longer than necessary. Price is too low and you might leave money on the table. Finding that sweet spot is key.
#4. Once you've received an offer.
Our agents make sure that you understand everything your signing and go over the details of every potential offer. We want to make sure that you understand the terms and the price to which you are agreeing and understand the process thereafter. Once you've accepted an offer, the buyer will schedule a home inspection. Typically, sellers are not present for this. You'll need to leave the premises for 1 to 3 hours, depending on how long the inspection lasts. If the inspection report needs to be negotiated, your listing agent will offer tips and suggestions on the best way to respond to the inspection report.
#5. Take care of any repairs.
If you need to repair, replace, or take care of any issues before closing, now would be the time to do so. Continue to pack up your home, complete any requests on the inspection report, and finalize your move. You will be called in first for the signing of the closing documents and once the buyer signs, monies will be dispersed and closing will happen.
We want to make sure that you understand every detail to the home selling process so you feel confident about your sale. Selling can be very emotional, and we understand that you lived in your home for some time. Taking emotions out of the process and understanding this is simply an exchange of a product, will help you facilitate and negotiate a little bit better.
We'd love to help you sell your Granbury Texas home so contact us below. We understand the area and surrounding communities and we know what buyers are looking for. We may even have a buyer for your home right now. We look forward to talking with you today.