How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell (without a Realtor®)

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FSBO, basically referred to as for sale by owner, applies to a situation where the owner of a home puts their house on the market without enlisting the services of a real estate agent or Realtor.

These kinds of listings are becoming extremely popular in the current real estate market.

With the availability of Flat Fee MLS Listing companies, putting your house up for sale is now much easier.

If you're looking to prepare your home for sale as an FSBO or a by-owner sale, read on as we give you the steps to take to increase the likelihood that your property will sell as quickly as the market will allow.

Price your property appropriately

One of the best ways to determine the right selling price for your home is to carry out local market research.

Find sales amounts for homes that are comparable to yours and review their sold price as well as the condition of the home when it sold.  Take care to analyze homes that have similar interior and exterior features to your home.

Your objective should be to set a price that is competitive enough to get your home sold.

Research local market home sale prices

The Internet can give you a good idea of what similar homes in your area are currently listed for that you can use as a starting point for determining your list price.

Step up your curb appeal

The front of your property plays a huge role in how interested buyers will see your house.

Get rid of any objects or structures that obstruct your property’s front view.

A house that is not clean enough on the outside will be a turn-off for would-be buyers.

Never forget how important the exterior of your house is.

Hedges should be trimmed and shaped, the lawn should be mowed and edged, mulch flower beds should also be refreshed.

A well kept front lawn will help increase curb appeal

Do you have older siding? It would be a great idea to get it pressure-washed.

Do the same for walkways as well as driveways.

Buyers are very sensitive and consider every detail as important.

You can also make the front of your home more appealing by planting some brightly colored flowers.

Clean, clean, clean

Never underestimate the importance of getting your house thoroughly cleaned before you put it up for sale.

Your objective should be to declutter and depersonalize your house as much as.

Depersonalizing is almost as important as cleaning, it allows a buyer to more easily envision themselves living in their soon-to-be home.

Move extra furniture, personal touches, family photos or portraits, anything that says “I live here” to a temporary storage unit.

You can also declutter by holding a garage sale for items that are no longer of no use to you.

Buyers love homes where they can move in without having to clean first, so go ahead and give your house a good scrubbing.

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Professional cleaners are a great as they’ll clean the areas you’ve gotten used to looking at over the years.

They can typically do a deep cleaning on your house in less than a day – money well spent.

Ensure that carpets are shampooed, floors are cleaned, shelves are dusted, appliances wiped clean, and burned out bulbs are replaced.

Marketing your home

One of the best channels for listing your home should be in the Multiple Listing Service.

This service can be accessed by agents as well as prospective buyers who need to find homes in areas such as yours.

In fact, homes listed in MLS or through Realtors who use MLS are where 90% of buyers locate their properties.

Homes listed in local MLS databases have the added benefit of being picked up by national property sites like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Redfin, and many others.

A Flat Fee MLS listing service is definitely worth the money to get market exposure.

Market like a pro - online marketing is very effective

Apart from making use of the MLS, there are other channels that can provide you with some home marketing opportunities.

You can use yard signs, magazine ads, brochures or flyers, and even do some paid online advertising.

Word-of-mouth advice also helps, and you can tell your friends and family about your desire to sell your home.

Creating a website that showcases your home for sale might also be a good idea if you have the time and money to spend on it.

All of these may only cost just a fraction of the original amount that would be charged by an agent as commission.

Schedule and manage your showings

Hardly anybody out there will make you an offer without seeing the house for themselves.

As soon as you list your house for sale, you should prepare for private showings.

If you’re handling showing scheduling by yourself, you’ll need to be prepared to meet buyers and answer their questions at times that are convenient for them.

If you're using a flat fee listing service and they have you signed up for CSS (Centralized Showing Service), then CSS will handle scheduling your showings for you - this makes managing showings a lot easier.

Make showings as easy as possible for buyers

Once a prospective buyer initiates contact with you, ensure that you verify who they are.

Getting a copy of their driver license texted to you is a good first step for your safety.

Once you are satisfied with their identity and intent to purchase, you can schedule a showing time with them.

From experience, most buyers prefer showings to take place on the weekends or in the evenings.

Just as a precaution, you’ll also want to lock up your valuables before letting strangers wander around your house.

Remember, nothing is off-limits to a buyer, expect that they will open every door and drawer to check functionality or see how large a closet or room is.

Equip yourself with top-notch real estate negotiating techniques

Prepare yourself to negotiate like a pro.

FSBO sales involve the homeowner handling negotiations that a Realtor would normally handle.

If the buyer is represented by an real estate agent, you’ll be up against that agent when negotiating your sale.

Good negotiation techniques are extremely important

Educate yourself and build up your negotiation skills by adopting top-notch strategies.

Remember that you have no obligation to issue a response to offers that are low or not serious.

Even if you receive an offer, it is no guarantee of its quality.

You can always reject offers which you consider to be out of your acceptable price range.

Prospective buyers whose offers you reject may send you an improved offer, but this is not always the case and rejecting an offer outright might not be the best response – you might want to extend them an invitation to make a different/better offer instead.

Patience is the best negotiating tool you have at your disposal, don’t let anyone rush you into accepting an offer.

Conclusion

Preparing and selling your house by yourself without enlisting the services of a professional Realtor is possible, but utilizing a Flat Fee Realtor where you can choose and pay for only the services you want or need is a better option.

Happy home selling!

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Al Bunch

Realtor®

Licensed Texas Real Estate Agent, Realtor®, active real estate investor, landlord, outdoor enthusiast.

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