For a home seller, the idea of moving away from all of the memories you have created at that residence can be an emotional one. While there is a chance that you are moving because you have been able to find a better house, there is also a chance that your job has forced you to move to an entirely new area of the country. This means that you will be leaving behind not only all of the memories that were created in this house, but also in the area and you may be a little hesitant to move on. No matter what, you will be feeling some sort of emotion, so try to keep your mind on some practical solutions to getting your mind off of the emotion and onto completing this process as seamlessly as possible.
One thing you will want to make sure you do is place your home on the market well in advance of your move. That way, you will not wind up with two mortgages if your first home does not sell right away. If you do end up in this situation, you may want to consider a bridge loan, which will help you pay this other mortgage while you wait for the sale to be completed. If you contact a lender about a bridge loan, you will have to go through the same process as with an actual mortgage and you must be aware that there is a tremendous expense with doing this. Nevertheless, since you must pay both mortgages, you may not have a choice, so be sure to look around and find the best rates on a bridge loan if it does become necessary.
Also, remember that when people move, there is an affect on other people as well. This is because someone else will be moving into your home while you are moving into someone else's. Closing and moving dates must be considered while making a sale and being sue to keep these dates in order will help everyone along. Make sure all of these dates are in writing so that there are no problems with the move and so that no one is left homeless for a few days while things are straightened out. Protect yourself by implementing fines for a party that goes not meet their end of the agreement.
When selling your home, remember that the better the home looks from the outside, the more interest it will attract from buyers. Therefore, you must be sure to consider the following things:
1. Be sure that the lawn and shrubs are watered and cut.
2. Fix any cracks in the foundation or walkways.
3. If you driveway needs to be resurfaced, have it done beforehand.
4. Keep the gutters, walls, and the chimney painted and in excellent condition.
5. Inspect whether or not the window frames, shutters, and doors need to be painted.
6. Keep any garbage out of sight of the street.
If you keep all of these things in order, you should be able to attract buyers inside the home. Once inside, you must continue to sell them on the quality of your home and you can do so with some minor improvements that will not cost you must money at all. The first thing to remember is to keep everything clean. Absolutely everything in the home should be as clean as possible because even though this is temporary, it will add to the overall appearance of the home. Also, replace the heating an air conditioning filters because this is something that many people will check when viewing a home. All of these things will show the buyer whether or not you have kept up on the upkeep of your home, which is important in establishing a value for the home, so be careful with this aspect.
When you live in a home for a long time, clutter can accumulate in the garage, basements, and closets, but this must be taken care of before you show the home. If you have too much stuff in your home, take it to storage because having all of these things will make the house seem smaller. If you must paint something, use a neutral color so that it does not offend anyone. Remember that not everyone likes every color, so use something like off-white. Also, consider the smell of the home because pet and cigarette smells affect some people more than others. While you might be used to a smell, others will not be. In addition, by bringing things like flowers and potpourri into your home, you can create a certain atmosphere that the buyer will like.
None of these minor changes is expensive, but they will give the buyer a good impression of the home. You do not have to completely redecorate your home, but rather just make sure that everything is comfortable and the home will sell itself.