Get Yourself Ready to Sell
Selling a home is a huge decision. You need to get yourself ready to sell. You will want to prepare yourself for the decisions to come. There is a lot to learn. I hope this helps you.
One way to prepare for a selling your home is to learn the market. The MLS (multiple listing service) provides an easy way gather data all over the valley.
When you know the market you make intelligent decisions on the value of your home. If you think your home is worth say $300,000….look at other homes selling for $300,000…they are your competition. Does your home really compete?
I can provide you a portal to view all activity in your neighborhood. You will see what has just listed, just sold or changed its price. We can structure this in many ways depending on your interest.
There are several companies that offer home searches…Zillow, Realtor, Trulia…but these are not live searches. The estimates of value they give are questionable they may be 5, 10 or 20% of the final sale price. In all honesty even they recommend you go to a Realtor before you put your home up for sale. They cannot go into your home and evaluate it. Some things need to be done by people not an algorithm.
I offer a website with lots of information about the home buying process and a live MLS feed. I have many single click searches created or you can custom design your own search.
You have the option of using this MLS search as a ‘drop in’ visitor or as a registered user. If you choose to be a registered user we can save a search of your neighborhood with all the active, UCB, pending and sold for the last 3 months or for the whole year. Obviously you can’t save that information if there is no account to save it to. Go to HomesWithJean.com to start you search. Contact me to create the search with the closed properties. This is a terrific way to learn the market. ENJOY!!
Be Mentally Ready
Part of the “getting ready” phase relates to repairs, painting and other home improvements, the other part is mental. This is a good time to ask yourself why you really want to sell. You need to be mentally prepared to move on. You need to know what your motivation to move is and focus on that.
Perhaps a job change to a new community or the need for more space have motivated you. Your reason for selling can impact the negotiating process so it’s important to discuss your needs and wants in private with the REALTOR® who lists your home.
The first step is to remember this is a business transaction.
Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.
- Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a merchandise to be sold. It a business deal.
- Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
- Picture yourself handing over the keys to the new owners!
- Say goodbye to every room.
- Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.