Wednesday, January 16, 2013
1. Think like a buyer. House hunters with resolutions to buy before spring are looking for homes now. To boost your listing's appeal, look at your home as a buyer would. Remember, this is a business transaction. Prepare yourself mentally to remain objective and professional, and stay focused on your goal!
2. Re-evaluate your price. Nothing holds up a home sale more than an inflated price tag. It's a good idea to reassess your asking price every 3–4 months. Read up on the local real estate market, and check out nearby homes that are for sale to see how your home compares. Still not sure? It may be time to hire a professional appraiser.
3. Get pre-inspected. With the economy still recovering, home buyers aren't walking around with a lot of cash for home repairs. Many sellers hire a home inspector during the closing process, but making repairs now could speed up negotiations and get you to closing faster.
4. Stay flexible. Be prepared to entertain all bids—even those you consider too low—and toss in some perks to get the deal done. Being open to negotiate on final price and closing costs will work to your advantage, especially if you're on a tight deadline.
Read more: 10 ways to attract buyers during the sluggish winter months
Tell us: Do you have any tips for selling in the winter? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook!