Using a licensed real estate professional in the sale of your home is the easier and more reliable way to go about it.
But a big advantage of putting in the time, work and effort to sell your own home is that you can save hundreds to thousands of dollars.
If you do choose to go FSBO, then it's up to you to decide how to best market your home.
How do I advertise a FSBO home?
Advertise online – more and more people turn to the internet to find a home
Advertise your home in a FSBO real estate magazine
List your home in classified newspaper ads
Place yard signs and advertisements where allowed around your neighborhood
Never underestimate word of mouth advertising
You know that a Home Service Club home protection plan repairs or replaces covered systems and appliances which remove the everyday worry out a homeowner’s life. When you're ready to sell, consider the benefits of buying a home protection plan.
Sell faster - a HSC home protection plan gives the seller a competitive edge over the other homes on the market and builds buyer confidence in your home.
Sell for a higher price - buyers will have confidence that The Home Service Club stands behind your home's covered systems and appliances. There is less incentive for the buyer to drive a hard bargain for a lower price.
Sell with confidence and convenience - once the sale is complete, if the new owners have a problem with a system or appliance, they will call The Home Service Club and not you.
Keep your first asking price within range of the appraisal. Ask around and check to see what other homes are selling for in your area, keeping size, location, and condition in mind.
Lure buyers in with basic improvements and maintenance. Even the smallest improvements generally see a solid return on their investment. Basic upkeep such as a paint job or replacing an old appliance can attract potential buyers. Remember to keep your home neat and spotless for showings. Clean homes are attractive to buyers and could be the defining factor in setting your home apart from others in the area.
Be flexible with your time and try to schedule as many walk-throughs as possible. You want to make yourself available to interested buyers.
Stay on top of the game and don't price yourself out of the market. Keep researching and make necessary updates to help sell your home. Be careful not to over-extend your budget.
When negotiating your sale price, make sure there is clear communication regarding what the buyer is expecting to gain in this sales transaction. Do they expect you to include closing costs, specific repairs, or any other fees in the asking price? Don't put yourself in a position to lose a sale because you weren't clear on what the asking price includes. It pays to be clear from the beginning.
Offer Home Service Club coverage to your buyers and protect them and yourself from unforeseen future covered repair/replacement costs, problems, and headaches.
Planning to move this summer? You aren't the only one. With warm weather and kids out of school, summer is typically the busiest moving season of the year.
Here are a few preparation tips to help cut the stress and make your move as smooth as possible.
Planning ahead will eliminate headaches later on. Being early, prepared, and organized will make this experience as easy and painless as possible.
Gather all necessary moving supplies (boxes, tape, bags, packing material, tissue or newspaper, black markers).
Start packing out-of-season items in advance. Winter clothes, sports equipment and tools you won't need anytime soon can be packed, labeled, and ready way before the moving day.
Go through all of your belongings and donate, sell, or throw away items that you no longer use or items which are broken beyond repair.
Reserve the truck or moving van in advance. Remember: you are not the only one moving and trucks of all sizes are usually booked early. (It is better to have edited your belongings first so that you have a more precise estimate for the size of the truck you may need.)
If you are hiring a moving company, be sure to book them in advance as well. You do not want to be left to plan around their schedule.
Contact utilities and other home-service providers to disconnect services the day after your move, and to set up service at your new location.
Contact your kids' old and new schools to have their academic records forwarded, and have them enrolled for fall.
If moving in or out of a high-rise, make sure you book the freight elevator.
Ask a good friend or relative to watch your kids on Moving Day. This will make moving easier for you and safer for them. Dropping them off the night before will save you time in the morning.
Book overnight Moving Day boarding of pets at the vet or kennel. Or find a friend or relative that can watch them on moving day.
Be organized. Mark all boxes with contents to know what's where. This way you will know what goes on the truck first, last, and the order in which to unpack when you get to your new address. When packing outdoor items make sure they are dry first, to avoid the onset of mold.
Set aside a special area for the boxes and bags that you will be bringing with you in your own vehicle. Make sure the movers know not to take those items.
Pack essential paperwork such as passports, I.D., other legal, house-related documents and small valuables that you will carry in your own vehicle. Be sure to label these boxes so that you are not left searching for them later.
If your hard drive contains files and information you can't afford to lose, you are better off bringing your computer in your own car. Liability by the movers is usually limited to the purchase value of the computer, not its contents. You may want to back up some of your data on an external hard drive if possible.
Label all boxes that contain daily necessities and all items that need to be unpacked first. These should be the last go onto the truck, and the first to come off. Think about the entire family: have kids' toys, pet supplies, bathroom and kitchen items, few sets of clothes, coffeemaker, etc... Move Day Checklist
Exchange cell phone numbers with the movers. Make sure they have instructions on what goes last and accurate directions to the new address.
Once everything is out, do a couple of more walk-through looking for any forgotten items. Look for small items that could have possibly fallen out.
Sweep and throw out the trash. Ask your neighbors if they need any of the useable or valuable items that you are leaving behind.
Make sure all windows, gates, and doors are closed and lights are turned off.
Leave the old keys with your superintendent or homeowner.
Start unpacking, beginning with "essentials" boxes that you have labeled, followed by the things used most often. This is why precise labeling at the packing stage is very important!
This is not the time to get lazy. Even though you have decided to sell it, fixing up your home, putting decorator touches,
and therefore making it appealing to the broadest range of potential buyers really pays off in the end.
According to the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP), even in the 2007 market slowdown,
93 percent of professionally staged home sold within one month. With the average for professionally staged homes being 32 days,
as compared to 160 days for comparable non-staged homes. And perhaps a better statistic is that, on average, they sold for an increase
of 3 to 10 percent.
Hiring a professional stager can cost you from a few hundred to thousands of dollars depending on your location and the amount of work in question, but will save you a lot of legwork, time and elbow grease. You can find a stager by searching online (try the IAHSP website at iahsp.com), locally, or by asking your real estate agent for a referral. The other option, of course, is to do it yourself. Here are some pre-sale home improvements that should be on top of your priority list.
When showing your home, you want your potential buyers to visualize their lifestyle there. Ideally you want to showcase your home at its cleanest, roomiest and brightest. Avoid adding too much of your own personality, or guessing what others may like. Here are a few proven tips:
Paint – Touch up your walls by painting them in a neutral hue.
Upgrade lighting - Replace old, out-of-date fixtures with new ones. Install 100-watt light bulbs to brighten the home for showings.
Renovate the kitchen and/or baths – Kitchen and baths can be a deal breaker for many potential buyers. Replace stained countertops, old faucets, unfashionable lighting and damaged floors with neutral choices. You do not need to spend too much money on exceptionally nice and expensive items, but you do want these areas to look new, well kept, and clean. Cabinets that are in good shape but in an outdated finish can simply be re-faced without too much investment. In the kitchen, even entry-level stainless-steel appliances will give your kitchen a high-end look. You do not need to purchase all new appliances if the ones there are good. You do, however, want them to be and look as clean as possible.
Remove clutter - Don't overstuff your home. The buyer wants to arrange furniture and decorate their own way once they move in. Your house should look spacious allowing the buyer to use their imagination. Pack away your belongings and limit furniture to the basics, storing side tables, loveseats, small bookcases, toys and everything else out of sight.
Upgrade flooring – Unless it is in absolutely great shape, it is recommended that you refinish the hardwood as it is a strong selling point. Clean your carpets with a steam cleaner, or, if you have hardwood underneath, consider ripping broadloom out altogether.
Many potential buyers tend to drive by before committing to an open house or showing. Exterior staging of your home should maximize its appeal and make visitors want to come and take a look inside.
Repaint - If your porch, front door or siding needs painting, it should be on top of your priority list. Last thing you want is to turn away potential buyers that would have otherwise liked your home, before they even come in.
Re-roof - While roofing can be a big-ticket item, if you're due for it now, it's better for you to have it done now than expect potential buyers to take on the hassle as many will simply choose to pass on your house instead.
Cut clutter – Any outdoor holiday decorations, novelty yard ornaments or signs should be removed. Good landscaping and lighting are the only outdoor accessories your front yard.
Clean the driveway and sidewalk - Use a pressure washer to clean your sidewalk and driveway. As indoors, you are shooting for the cleanest and most well kept appearance. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and think about what you would look for in a potential home.
Touch up the porch - Replace an out-of-date mailbox, house number and porch light. Some seasonal plants by the front steps or door can make it look pretty and welcome. But again, try not to over clutter.
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Why Join The Home Service Club?
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replacing covered home appliances and mechanical
systems which breakdown due to normal wear and tear. Buy a home warranty from hsc, protect against unpredictable breakdowns!
What is a Home Warranty?
HSC's Home Warranty Plan is a one-year service contract which covers a multitude of systems and appliances essential to your daily living. We help protect you against the expense of repairing or replacing the systems you depend on.
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