When a person is selling a house, they typically hope they will be able to sell the house quickly and smoothly and that the transaction will be as financially beneficial for them as possible. Unfortunately, there are lots of things out there that could complicate an attempt to sell a home, cause a home sale to take a particularly long time or make it harder for a home seller to get as big of a financial boost from the sale as they would like.
The good news is a home seller doesn’t simply have to sit by and hope that such complicating factors don’t come up. They can take proactive steps to try to help the home-selling process go smoothly.
Among the things that can impact how likely a home sale attempt is to be a success is how the home physically looks to prospective buyers. Thus, one set of preparations it can be important for individuals looking to sell their home to make are physical preparations regarding their home. Examples of such preparations include:
- Looking for things that are hazardous or in disrepair in the home and making any necessary repairs.
- Cleaning the home.
- Properly tending to the outdoor areas of the home.
- Making the home less cluttered, such as through packing up unnecessary items.
- Making the home appealing in a broadly-applicable sense. This can include taking down things that overly personalize a home, such as family photos.
Another thing that can heavily impact how a home sale goes for a seller is the sales agreement. What terms are in the sales agreement dictate what price the seller will get for the home and what other financial impacts the sale will have for them. Sometimes, the negotiations over such agreements can get quite long and drawn-out.
Real estate sales contract issues are another thing home sellers can prepare for. For one, they can seek out a skilled real estate lawyer’s advice. Such attorneys can help a homeowner understand what terms might be in their best interest and what sorts of sales agreement issues might arise during their efforts to sell the home. Such lawyers can also give sellers advice on what steps they could take to try to prevent contract disputes that could delay a sale.
Source: FindLaw, “Preparing Your House for Sale,” Accessed Dec. 8, 2015