So, you’re selling your home. Everything is starting to feel very grown-up and serious, so naturally, you’re going to panic and begin conjuring up worst-case scenarios. How do you value your home? What if no one wants to buy? How do you get the right estate agent?
Stop stressing and remember to breathe. Everyone finds themselves in this predicament at some point, but fortunately, we have a few tips that should take some of the pressure off.
Look at your Finances
You’ll need a rough idea of how much your property is worth so you can calculate how much money will be left after you’ve paid off the mortgage. You can check with your best local estate agents and get estimations from three of them to compare. Otherwise, you can get a property valuation online by completing some questions and essential information about your property.
Have a Spring Clean
One of the more apparent aspects of trying to sell your home is that you need to make it presentable to potential buyers. And while you certainly don’t need to have a complete makeover like something out of DIY SOS, you can still ensure your home is beautiful and polished for viewings.
Whether the walls need a new lick of paint, the carpet wants a good clean, or some furniture needs rearranging, you can make your home look brand new without going overboard. What’s more, if you find yourself too busy, lessen the load and hire some professional cleaners to pop in while you’re at work.
Find an Estate Agent
Picking someone to manage your sale is more than a little daunting, but there are several ways to go about it. First, choose your ideal type of estate agency: do you want a traditional agency or an online agency? People generally stick to traditional agencies, as online agencies demand a fee upfront to put your house on the market.
It also helps to make an appointment with the agent’s office so you can get a better idea of how they work and whether they’re the right agency for you. Remember, you’re going to be working as a team, so if you don’t feel they’re the right estate agent for you, you can walk away. Once you find the right agent, you’ll have someone who understands your needs and can help you get one step closer to finding a buyer.
Consider Renting Somewhere
While some people find renting to be a waste of money, it can come in handy if you’re worried about buying a new home in time. You also won’t have to worry about selling your home at a low price if you know you still have a roof over your head. If you do decide to rent, it will also save you from potentially buying a home that’s less than perfect, just for the sake of it. Remember, this is a big deal, so it is more than OK to take your time and not be rushed into saying yes to something you’ll regret.