Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What Is My House Really Worth?

By: Lea France at Fannie Mae
If you are getting ready to put your house on the market, then you need to know what your house is really worth to get the best price. You will need to know the market, and you need to know if there are any potential repairs that need to be made to your property. Then your going to have to get your house ready to be put on the market.

There are five steps that I recommend.
1. Getting your home appraised. You need the appraisal so you can validate your list price, and also have a comparison.
2. Having a home inspection. You need this so you will know up front if there are any potential problems and know exactly what condition your house is in.
Ordering an appraisal and getting the home inspection are the two most important steps to be done before you make any other decisions. 
3. Getting the title work done up front.
4. Offer a home warranty.
5. Staging your house. The house needs to look great. Read my article " First Impressions When Showing A Property". Staging the house includes a wide variety of projects from interior updates to seasonal landscaping color.

Click here for photos on decorating, landscaping and other ideas about home decorating. You always want to show your home when it looks the best.
You need to have all the details taken care of so when the buyer's inspection takes place, there is nothing left to do.

Written by:  Lea France, Sales Representative at Fannie Mae

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