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For Sale by Owner: Tips on Selling Your Own Home

Aug 18, 2007
So you feel the need for change? Moving out is probably one of the hardest things to do: mentally, emotionally and physically. Not only will you leave your friends behind; you will also be leaving your beloved house. But finding the right people to take over your house will ease your mind about leaving.

You might really love your house, leaks and all, but you still have to fix it up if you want to sell it for a good price. And if you are doing all the fixing up and the brokering yourself (as is usual in a for-sale-by-owner type of transaction), you have got to know everything there is about selling real estate from pricing to bargaining.

But first thing is first.

Spruce up the Place

The first thing you have got to do before putting up your FOR SALE BY OWNER sign in your front yard is to clean your house. Take out all the clutter. Clean up every nook and cranny; every door and corner. Leave everything spic and span. Nothing is more attractive than a well-kept house.

After that, check out all rooms, walls and ceilings that need to be re-painted. Peeling paint is a big turn-off; or it could mean a big chunk off your selling price. Re-painting the entire house is better. Would-be buyers will appreciate a house that looks brand new.

Make sure that the electrical wirings all over the house are safe and working, all the fixtures are in place and all toilets and baths are in good condition.

Now that you have fixed the house; you have to pay attention to the areas surrounding your house: front lawn, backyard, and garage. Make sure every grass and flower is in place and all the mess in the garage is taken out.

Also, you might want to check your backyard and rid it of any unwelcome creatures that might surprise your visitors. It may seem unreal but a lot of houses have been rejected because of pests.

However you do it and whatever parts and areas of the house you fix up, just make sure that when an interested buyer sees the place, they will fall in love with it straight away. Plus, if the house looks shabby and unkempt, you will never sell it for anything like what it is really worth.

It is a tough job preparing your house for sale; it is an even tougher job to sell it on your own. For sale by owner properties usually get lower than the usual bids; the buyers usually smell a bargain in such deals. You need to make your house look appealing and attractive if you are to get what your property is rightfully worth.
About the Author
Silvia Ruch is a Real Estate Agent who helps sellers to sell their homes on their own using her web-site http://www.learnhowtosellyourhome.com or buying her book http://www.booksandarticlesonline.com/temp.html. Also helps them using her real estate services http://www.SilviaRuch.com
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