When it comes to selling the home you have lived in and loved, you will discover it is not an easy task. A lot of memories were made in that home. It can be an emotional undertaking. Even more significant than the personal attachment, selling a home can be complicated! There’s a lot to be done, and likely you have a lot of questions. As a realtor, I’ve heard them all. So let’s look at common questions sellers ask when listing a home in 2022.
How much is my home worth?
This is perhaps the single most commonly asked question on every home seller’s mind, and for a good reason! How much you sell your current home for plays a huge role in what you can afford to buy in a new home. Of course, the exact worth is dependent upon a few factors. These include the size of your home, the neighborhood, proximity to services such as schools and stores, and local property tax rates. To help narrow this down a bit, you will want to research the value of similar homes in the area.
How much work do I need to do to my home before putting it on the market?
That depends. If you are one to stay on top of routine home maintenance, you probably won’t have a whole lot to do. However, if your home is dated, you may have a long list of repairs to make. Additionally, one area everyone should focus on is the home’s exterior. Many people get a first impression as they drive by the house. Curb appeal plays a large role in whether potential buyers want to take the next step and line up a showing.
How long will it take to sell my home?
Great question! One major thing to consider is the current housing market. In the past two years, we have seen unprecedented activity. In some cases, houses were getting offers within hours of being listed, and often the offers were higher than the asking price. How long will this trend last? It’s hard to say, but the housing market will likely cool down, and when is anybody’s guess.
Should I be present for showings?
This one’s easy. NO. It is simply not appropriate for you to be present when potential buyers view your home. And you need to stage your home in a manner that doesn’t reveal who you are. This means removing those sentimental family portraits from the walls. You want to remain neutral throughout the transaction and allow your realtor to handle the showing.
Do I need a realtor?
Realtors are experienced in the field and know the dos and don’ts of selling homes. Rely on their expertise to guide you through the process. In the end, your stress levels will thank you! If you want to sell your home in 2022, I can help! Call me at 717-253-3259 (cellphone) or visit my website at www.karentavenner.com.