If you own a house, there will come a time when you may have to sell. Selling your house is a complex transaction. However, it is not a difficult process, if you are prepared for what is involved. Here are some things that you should keep in mind if you are thinking about selling your house.

Staging your home for sale, especially if it is vacant, is a great way to get a higher asking price and to generate more interest in your home. Staging is when you have someone come in and arrange furniture, paint walls, and place accents that give your home a broad appeal and make it look nicer than it really is.

Maximizing the impact of a good first impression can translate into a sold sign! Most buyers have an image in mind of their dream home and you want that dream realized the minute they lay eyes on your property. Invest in a landscaper or enhance the outside of the home yourself; but make sure everything is mowed, trimmed and aesthetically pleasing at first sight.

Preparing the lawn is just as important as preparing the home when you are putting it on the market. Having a patchy lawn that looks uncared for, takes away from the home’s curb appeal. This can also lead potential buyers to think that you have been lazy about the maintenance of the home as a whole.

A little effort invested in your home’s landscaping can reap big dividends in the overall value of your property. Lush, verdant greenery is always appealing to potential buyers. A landscaping plan that reflects thought and care will improve your property’s value and encourage potential buyers. By making small but constant improvements to the land around your home you can boost its selling price impressively.

Commercial Real Estate

If you’re interested in selling a commercial property, such as an office space or a retail site, it’s best to find an agent who has experience with your specific type of property. Examples include eating establishments, retail pads and office buildings. An experience agent knows people and has better ability to sell your real estate quick with a good deal.

For Sale By Owner

Make sure you have ample time to devote to selling your house if you intend to do it on your own. Selling without the benefit of an agent is so rare that it has a special name in the real estate business: “For Sale By Owner.” FSBO is not impossible, but it does require a much greater time investment by the seller.

Foreclosed Homes

Instead of defining market value as what buyers are paying for similar homes in your zip code, think of it as what buyers are able and willing to pay. When determining selling price, be sure to make allowances for the availability of short sale and foreclosed homes. A house may be worth it, but only if prospective buyers are willing to pay the price.

So the process of selling a house requires a lot of planning. As you have read, there are many variables to consider. If you have decided to sell your house, it is never too early to start planning. By giving yourself ample time to prepare, you will be ready to sell when the time comes.