People have different goals when trying to sell a home; some want to sell as soon as possible while others aim for the highest price possible. Whatever your aim is, you need to educate yourself on how to get it right. Here are a few tips to use if price maximization is your main objective:
People like free things. Therefore, offering to throw in a service or item for free with the house can help you sell it at a good price. Prepaid internet service, golf club membership, or a major kitchen appliance can work wonders in helping you sell your home at a reasonable price. For maximum effectiveness, look for something that won't cost you any additional money (something that already exists).
Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal
It is not enough to have a good house; buyers need to know that it is good. Since potential buyers will make up their minds after seeing the property (either in person or online), ensure the house looks appealing. Peeling exterior paint isn't going to do you any favors, even if it's only a superficial defect. You need to cut the lawn, paint your front door (if the paint is fading), clean up your water features, and generally ensure that the house looks presentable.
Price It Right
Pricing a home too cheap makes it sell fast but at a relatively low price. At the other end of the scale, an extremely high price will make your home sit on the market for a long time, and it won't necessarily sell at that price. Buyers tend to be wary of properties that have overstayed in the market as they think such houses have hidden faults.
Therefore, you need to do your market research well and set your price correctly. This isn't easy to do, so your best course of action is to involve a professional, such as your real estate agent, in the process.
Give Yourself Time
Lastly, you also need to give yourself ample time to sell the house. The more you are in a hurry, the more you are likely to accept a low offer. For example, selling a house when you have already identified another one to buy is likely to pressure you into accepting low offers.
Hopefully you won't have a problem selling your house at a reasonable price. Don't forget to be realistic with your pricing; you don't want your sentimental attachment to the property to cause you to overprice it out of the market.