What to Know Before You Sell – Bartlesville Realtor


Shelley Koster
Bartlesville & Grand Lake Realtor

Your home has been your sanctuary, your oasis, your major investment, but now it is time to part ways and move on to something more, something better. You’ve put years of money and hard work into your home and you want to get the most out of it when it is time to sell, but how?

There are a ton of questions that come with selling a home and the best place to look for the answers is with a real estate agent you can trust. Selling a home is not something that you want to do with just a degree in Google searches. There is a ton of different obstacles and hurdles that you have to overcome and once you have a good real estate agent they become  a lot easier. After that, it is important to know the answers to the following thoughts.  

Know when to sell.

Are you selling for the right reasons? The right reasons mean something a little different for everybody, but you want to make sure you aren’t selling just because you don’t like the paint job on the house or the way to carpet clashes with the tile. Things that can be renovated or changed are not a reason to sell a house.

Location, downsizing, and upsizing, are the three reasons why most homeowners are looking to sell. These are good and beneficial reasons. Your home is a major investment and the longer you live in it, with the right upkeep, will pay larger dividends.

We certainly do not want to condemn selling your home just because, but we want to make sure that you’re using financial wisdom. If something can be changed with a few thousand dollars and some elbow grease, then consider living in your house longer before making the big leap to a new home. It will pay off more in the end.

Know how much to sell for.

How much should I sell my home for? We get this question a lot, and the best place to start is with this free app on our Facebook page. It will give you all the information on the current market value of your home!

However, if you should feel that the renovations you did last Spring make it worth more, then contact us and we can give you a personal evaluation.

Know what to fix.

Okay, so last winter you noticed that the pipes under the sink were leaking a little bit, also the hot water heater is out of date, and the door handles are starting to show wear and tear. All these things are easy, simple fixes that will make your home worth more.

The things like touching up paint or having the carpets professionally cleaned will make or break a sale for certain buyers. While some buyers are able to see past the mess others are not and those are the buyers that you are working for. We went into depth about making your home worth more on a previous post, feel free to check it out!

Know how to cope with a low offer.

The dreaded lowball can stop some sellers in their tracks. How dare they offer you so little?! Well, the truth is it happens and it can hurt, especially if you have kept up with your home over the years and showed it the love and care it deserved. However, while it does and probably will happen, you need to know how to cope with it.

If you think that they are offering WAY TOO LOW then you can always reject their offer and make a counteroffer. If they still won’t budge or they only go up a little and you still feel like you’re being ripped off then talk to your real estate agent. They will have insight on what you should do, whether you should wait for another offer or compromise. Either way, learn to live with the idea that you might not get your asking price.

Know how to clean.

The last and one of the most important things to know is how to clean. Your home is going to be evaluated over the next few months during your sell, make sure that it is meticulously cleaned and ready for guests.

Showing your home is something that you don’t want to take lightly, buyers will want to envision themselves living there and the dishes that are piled up might turn a few heads in the wrong direction. Therefore, it is important that you know how to clean your home before giving a tour.

We  hope you enjoyed reading today’s post, if you’d like to give us some feedback, feel free to share in the comment section below or on Facebook!


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