If you have ever sold anything, you know that the better it looks, the more likely you will be successful and get more or less what you were asking. The same goes for selling your home. Setting it up to look attractive and worthy of the asking price is known as staging, and, with a little bit of work, you can do it yourself. There are companies that will come in and do this for you, but it may be cost prohibitive and will mean that you will make less money on the overall sale.

First, the inside: walk around, into each room, with a notebook in hand and jot down what you see that could be improved. Do you or your family members have a lot of clothes, papers, and the like laying around? How are the closets? Stuffed and unruly? Closets can be a nightmare to clean, and often take days, so you might want to tackle those first. Downsize as much as you can, and bring the unwanted or unneeded clothes or items to Goodwill or any donation shop. There are many boxes to drop off things, but if you are donating a lot of things, go to the shop itself and get a receipt from them for a tax deduction.

Next, tackle the kitchen. Put away those small appliances that you use only occasionally, and keep the countertops uncluttered and clean. Kitchen cabinets should be washed down and any loose doors tightened and handles replaced if broken. Shine everything up: kitchen sink, windows; clean the screens, wash out the microwave, and clean the oven. Finicky potential buyers will look at everything to see how much care you take of your home.

The living room should be uncluttered and dust-free. Stains on the carpet and couches must be dealt with, as this will immediately turn potential buyers off. Invest in new throw pillows and maybe a coordinating throw to add a fresh, clean look to the area. Again, make sure the windows are clean, screens vacuumed, and drapes or blinds have been dusted.

The bathroom areas should be attended to, also. Clean mildew off the tiles, wash the floor, mirror, countertop and the fixtures. Shine the faucets, using a dryer sheet, for extra easy shine. Put clean towels out. Remove any dirty laundry! Replace the shower curtain and bath mats with new and colorful ones, if needed.
A little bit of elbow grease will pay off, hopefully, so get started. Just think of this as “company’s coming”; you always did clean your house to make it look comfortable and enticing when expecting your in-laws, didn’t you?

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, one of the most important parts of the process is the negotiation phase. This means different things whether you’re buying or selling a home. When you’re selling a home, you’re usually looking to get the most money for your home that you possibly can. If you’re buying a home, you want the lowest possible price for the home. Hence, the reason for real estate negotiations. Buyers and sellers must meet somewhere in the middle. For your consideration, we’ll break down some of the most important aspects of the real estate negotiation process.

The Cost Means Different Things

As we stated above, buyers want the lowest price, while sellers want the highest price possible for a home. Whatever side you’re on, expect to meet somewhere in the middle. The price of the home has to make sense for both sides. The seller wants the sale of their home to make sense financially and the buyer wants to home to fit into their budget while getting the things they desire out of the home.

The Financing Process Is Complicated

If you have your mortgage fully approved prior to making an offer, you’ll be able to shorten the closing time of the home. The reason for this is that the preapproval shows that all of the buyer’s finances are in order and there will be no financial problems in the transaction. Sellers often prefer these buyers since they can be trusted to close properly and there won’t any issues with the real estate transaction. The property also won’t be on hold for months on end.

The Date Of Closing Matters

If sellers need to get their home off of the market fast, they can negotiate when the closing date will be. As a buyer, this matters because the next month’s mortgage payment is skipped once you close on a house. The closing date affects when exactly this payment doesn’t need to be made, which can have a positive effect on your finances when it’s timed right.

Closing Costs Are Actually Paid Upfront

Escrow is when the mortgage company holds the money for taxes and insurance, which is the prepaid closing costs. Buyers sometimes ask sellers to pay a portion of the closing costs. This could be a flat fee or up to 3 percent of the included mortgage. This could all have an effect on the asking price for the home.

Just Like A Car, Homes Can Come With Warranties

Buyers can ask for a warranty on the home, or the seller can offer one. This warranty typically covers the home’s appliances and utility systems. This provides a protection if things like the air conditioning or the dishwasher break after a certain period of time and need repair. This may make the home extra enticing to buyers and give sellers an advantage to get their home off the market quickly.

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