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If you intend to sell your house, it pays to learn about the home selling process. By doing so, you can understand exactly what it takes to enjoy a seamless home selling experience.
Ultimately, there are three steps to sell your house:
1. Prep Your Residence
Take some time to learn about your residence's strengths and weaknesses. That way, you can identify any problem areas in your house and allocate the necessary time and resources to mitigate any issues that otherwise could slow down your home sale.
In many instances, it is helpful to schedule a home appraisal. During a home appraisal, a property expert will examine your residence both inside and out, as well as evaluate your home in relation to comparable houses in your city or town. Following a home appraisal, you will receive a property valuation that can help you establish a competitive initial asking price for your house.
Also, scrub the floors, clean the kitchen countertops and perform extensive home interior cleaning. And don't forget to mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and complete various home exterior maintenance and upgrades as well.
2. List Your House
Adding your house to the real estate market can be simple, especially if you work with a top-notch real estate agent.
Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your home selling goals. He or she then will help you get your house ready for the real estate market, thereby increasing the likelihood that your residence will generate lots of interest from potential buyers.
A real estate agent is a must-have during the home selling journey. This housing market professional is unafraid to provide you with honest, unbiased home selling recommendations as you proceed along the home selling cycle. As a result, a real estate agent can help you optimize the value of your residence, regardless of the housing market's conditions.
3. Negotiate and Accept an Offer
Oftentimes, home showings and open houses will be held to showcase your residence to prospective buyers. If buyers like what they see, it may be only a matter of time before you receive multiple offers on your residence.
If you receive a home offer, you probably will have a short amount of time to decide whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal. Consider your options closely, and if you are not satisfied with an offer, you should not hesitate to walk away from the proposal.
On the other hand, if you receive an offer that you like, you can accept it. At this point, a buyer may perform a home inspection to further assess the condition of your house. And if the inspection goes well, it may be only a few weeks before all of the necessary paperwork is finalized and your closing date arrives.
The home selling cycle may seem like a long, arduous process at first. Fortunately, if you follow the aforementioned steps, you can reap the benefits of a fast, profitable home selling experience.
The number one factor that affects the length of time a house remains on the market is curb appeal. That's the consensus of real estate professionals across the country, and was documented in a recent study by a well-known real estate website.
So if it's such a high priority, then why do a lot of homeowners skimp on that aspect of preparing their home for a fast sale? Sometimes it's a lack of awareness; other times it may be a lack of money. In extreme cases, it can be quite pricey to transform a home from "shabby" to "exquisite!" That's an unusual scenario, though, and in most cases the cost of enhancing your home's curb appeal should be both affordable and cost effective.
Where to Begin
The ideal visual (and visceral) effect you want to achieve can be summed up in ten words: fresh, well cared for, aesthetically pleasing, manicured, meticulous, updated, and clean. Perhaps a more concise way to describe the image you want to project to potential buyers is "pride of ownership." Once you're conveying that impression, people are going to make positive assumptions about the value and condition of your home. While it's not necessary that the front of your property and home look perfect in every imaginable way, it is important to pay attention to small details and overall impressions.
Some homeowners will see this goal as an overwhelming challenge, but it doesn't have to be. The first hurdle is to take care of the basics, such as making sure your lawn always looks freshly mowed and that there's no signs of peeling or faded paint on your home and garage. Pulling weeds, placing a few colorful hanging flower baskets in strategic locations, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees are also effective ways to make your property look more desirable.
An advantage of working with a seasoned real estate agent is that they can quickly size up the outside appearance of your home, and make cost-effective suggestions of ways to improve curb appeal and increase the attractiveness of your property. When it comes to selling your house in the shortest period of time, first impressions are vitally important.
One helpful tactic for getting your house noticed by house hunters and real estate agents is to take a walk (or drive) in your neighborhood to see how your curb appeal stacks up to other homes for sale in the area. Ideally, you want your home to look at least as good, if not better, than other nearby properties. Since potential buyers may be focusing their search on specific neighborhoods, such as yours, you'll be giving yourself more of an "inside track" in the real estate market by making sure your home compares favorably to others in the immediate area -- both inside and out.
As a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),Governor Baker has issued an executive order allowing smoke detector and carbonmonoxide alarm certificate inspections as required under Sections 26F and 26F½of Chapter 148 of the General Laws to be deferred. For more details go to MAR website.
Your indoor air quality can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. Allergens, air pollutants, and other particles can accumulate in your home and lead to certain health issues, such as respiratory symptoms. Maintaining good indoor air quality is an important part of making sure that your luxury home provides you with a healthy living environment. The following options can help you improve the air quality in your home.
Whole-House Air Purifier
Air purifiers are designed to remove harmful particles from the air inside homes and other buildings. While portable models are available for cleaning the air in smaller spaces, consider a whole-house air purifier for your spacious home. This type of air purifier connects to your HVAC ventilation system. When your heating or cooling system runs, filters that are part of the purifier trap harmful particles inside your ductwork. This prevents these particles from entering rooms and other areas of your home. Having a whole-house air purifier installed helps ensure that your entire home has good indoor air quality.
The air filters inside your HVAC system play a crucial role in catching pollutants, allergens, and other particles. These filters prevent particles from going through your ducts and out your vents into living spaces. If you’ve been using standard air filters, such as disposable fiberglass ones, they might be trapping some of these particles while letting others through. Switching to an air filter that is designed to catch smaller particles, such as a HEPA filter, means fewer harmful particles are able to get into the air inside your home. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to change your air filters every month or every few months, since dust and debris build up on them over time.
High amounts of moisture in your home, especially on a regular basis, can lower your indoor air quality. Too much humidity makes it easier for mold and mildew to grow. High humidity levels can also make your home feel less comfortable overall. Portable and central dehumidifiers can help you gain better control over the humidity level in your home. A central dehumidifier is set up to maintain healthy humidity levels in all areas of your home. However, if you only have humidity or moisture problems in one area, you can opt for a portable dehumidifier instead.
If you’re planning on buying or selling a home this season, please contact us.
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