If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s perfectly normal you are plagued by doubt and insecurity about how to handle the whole daunting project. After all, putting a residence on the market is not always a straightforward matter, and many things – both large and small – have to be considered before you can make those first steps.
Luckily, there are many people around who are experienced in this sort of thing and from whom you can receive invaluable professional advice. There are some important decisions to be made, and they can make a big difference regarding the time in which your residence can be sold, and at what price. Here is your essential step-by-step guide to selling your home.
Is selling the right step?
Figure out the reasons for selling. If you need more space, building an extension might be more suitable. If you have money problems, can you really afford to get rid of your house? Perhaps renting out your home might be a better option. Whatever your circumstances are, make sure that you are 100% sure it is the right move for you so you can proceed without doubts.
If you decide to sell, you will need a new place to call your home. Do you want to buy a new house or is it wiser to rent? Renting a home may increase the overall expenses for some time, but it does not commit you to a long-term arrangement.
Selling your home?
It’s not as easy as it seems – you need to think about many issues, and it can get complicated. Who will sell the home? Do you rely on friends and family to spread the word? Will you have your own marketing campaign? Perhaps it is much easier to get experienced (and cost-effective) Internet estate agents to do all that for you.
Getting an agent
There are many estate agents and agencies out there, and it’s important that you can get the right one. Do your background research; talk to them, question them, and be up-front when it comes to your demands and your priorities.
If you hire an online estate agent, he or she will be required to pass the offer along to you (no matter how great or silly the actual offer is). At this stage, you have three options. You have the option to reject, to negotiate, or to accept. Understand that you have no legal obligation to sell the house yet once you accept an offer – this is only legally binding once the contracts have been exchanged – though accepting an offer and then refusing to sell can be very annoying to the buyer and the agent. Handle it the honourable way. Good luck!
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