When it comes to the time we want to sell our house, we will have to have it evaluated and regardless of whatever we think the house is worth, the official valuation price is the one that will get it sold. It is up to us to say what asking price we want but the evaluation would have taken into account what people are willing to pay, in the current economic climate, for a house that size, in that area.
Although other houses of the same size in your area have sold for one price, you can perhaps get a higher price for yours as these are some of the things that will be taken into consideration apart from location and size.
Obviously the overall condition of the house will play a role, so hopefully it is not in need of any repairs. How the house looks from the street can also play a role and this is called curb appeal. If a house looks good from the road, a higher asking price can be set.
Some of the ways you can improve this curb appeal are: Have the house painted and do some landscaping of the grounds. Obviously a freshly painted house looks better than one with the paint peeling off and if the grounds around the house have been well landscaped, they can add significantly to the overall look of the house.
Once your house has been valued, you do not really want to ask too much more as you may never get any buyers but as buyers will usually offer you less than you ask, ask for 5% or 10% more than the evaluation.
One of the things that you will probably be concerned about is if you will get as much for your old house, as you need for your new house. It is perhaps therefore best if you get an evaluation of your home, prior to making your final decision to move.
When it comes the time to show a potential buyer the house, ensure you have cleaned up thoroughly including all personal items. For instance, you will not want the bathroom cluttered up with soaps, brushes, pastes and shampoos, let them see the house free from any distractions like litter bins and family portraits in every free space.
If the bathroom is relatively small, a rug on the floor will make it look even smaller and so roll it up and put it out of the way until after they left. Often it are the kitchens and master bathrooms which get the most attention and so can possibly wield the most influence.
For this reason you should spend extra time in those rooms, trying to make them look as welcoming as possible. If it is winter and the day is very cold, it may be beneficial to have something like both on the stove but other than that, don’t have any cooking on the go and ensure all your plates and cutlery are neatly put away.