Tips to help a home to sell quicker

Illinois homeowners who are thinking of selling their home are probably aware of how complicated the matter can be. However, they can make their home stand out and look attractive to buyers with a few simple strategies.

One important thing homeowners can do to attract buyers is to make their home look presentable. While it is not necessary to renovate the home, a thorough cleaning will make a good first impression on potential buyers. This includes organizing the home, emptying and cleaning out trash cans, and using room fresheners or light fragrances.

Sellers might also consider leaving the home during showings. While it may be inconvenient to do this, potential buyers may feel more relaxed if they are alone with a realtor. Doing so can also prevent negotiations that could occur between sellers and buyers. Another important issue regarding selling a home is that the homeowner should be completely honest regarding disclosures. Any issues not disclosed by the seller will eventually show up if the home is professionally inspected, which can threaten the trust between the seller and buyer.

While real estate transactions can be complex, sellers who are willing to negotiate may help the transaction to go more smoothly. Besides negotiating the price of the home, sellers and buyers may have to negotiate other issues, such as the closing date, inspection issues and appraisals. Other ways to sell a home quickly include advertising it at a reasonable price and listing it on multiple real estate and popular social media websites. The listing could include a virtual tour, open house dates, multiple pictures and MLS input.

Buying and selling residential real estate is a large undertaking that requires a variety of important documentation. An attorney could review the relevant documents in order to ensure that the client's interests are protected.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Six Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home", Tracy Shaffer, Nov. 20, 2016

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