Are you thinking about moving to another city? Is your family expanding and you’re going to need a bigger house? Do you want to move closer to work? Or are you simply tired of your home and want to get a new one? In all of these cases you have to do just one thing – sell your current property. However, for most sellers this task proves to be far from easy. Check out our list of top 5 things to do before you list your property and save yourself from any possible issues or troubles that come with selling a home.
Don’t spend too much on upgrading
As a conscious seller, you want to make your house look as good as possible to attract a lot of buyers. Nevertheless, it’s easy to get carried away and waste too much money on renovating the house. Keep in mind that the next owners will probably redo all of the decorations in the house, which means your efforts and money spent will go to waste.
You can create a fresh and lovely look in your home without spending a fortune. First, make sure the house is super clean. Second, add as much light to every room as possible: not only does sunlight make any room appear bigger, but it also creates an appealing look all around the house. Third, take care of visible imperfections – cracks, holes and stains. And that’s it – don’t spend any more money, just start inviting your first potential buyers!
Gather necessary paperwork
As a homeowner, you probably have dozens of papers concerning the house. There is so much paperwork that comes with buying or selling a home that you probably have a whole folder full of these documents. Make sure this folder is always at hand – you never know when the potential buyers will want to see the paperwork. If your documents are in a messy state, spend some time organizing the folder – it will be much easier for you to access the necessary materials anytime you need.
Make the home look less personal
It might seem like a weird piece of advice for some readers, because we’ve often been told that the more personal and lived-in the house looks, the more attractive it will appear to the buyers. However, in reality it’s important to “depersonalize” your property. Erase all evidence of your or your family’s personalities, hobbies and tastes.
When a buyer is looking at his potential new home, he wants to imagine himself and his family inside their new home. Your personal stuff – clothes, collections, paintings and other works of art, family photographs – will distract the buyer from imagining his new life in your house. Additionally, we recommend removing your pets from the house for the time when buyers are visiting: as odd as it may sound, not everyone is a fan of cats and dogs!
Set the right price
Nothing is more important for buyers than a price that matches the quality of the house. If you overprice a moderately-sized home in a not-so-popular neighbourhood, there is a risk that the process of selling the house will take months or even years. On the other hand, setting a low price on a new home in a nice city will seem suspicious to the buyers, which means you’ll have trouble selling your home quickly.
In order to determine the perfect price for your property you can go on JiJi. There are thousands of real estate ads in every Nigerian city or town: Lagos, Abuja, Rivers, Oyo, Ogun. By taking a look at offers that are similar to your property, you will be able to find the most suitable price. Only after you’ve inspected all listings in your city, you can set the price and wait for the buyers to contact you.
Decide how you’re going to sell your home
There are two ways to sell property in Nigeria: you can either do it yourself or hire a real estate agent. Both of these selling methods have their advantages and drawbacks. If you decide to do it on your own, make sure you know enough about real estate and can protect yourself against all kinds of scam.
If you prefer to work with a real estate agent, first you need to determine if he is legit. Then you need to find out if your agent has your best interest in mind. Research your agent to learn everything you can about him. How many successful deals has he had? Is it possible to contact any of his former clients and ask them for the feedback? Selling property is a very serious business, which is why you shouldn’t take it lightly. Take all necessary precautions and you’ll quickly and successfully sell any property you want!