Selling your home is a big financial and emotional task, which requires lots of planning. So before you decide to put your home on the market, here are four questions to consider.

What is my home worth?

Several factors go into determining your home’s market value. These include the condition of the property, square footage, location, amenities, as well as recent comparable property sales.

For a snapshot of your home’s current value, contact your agent who will gladly help you zero in on a market vale. You can also enter your address into a free online value estimator tool, but more times than not, these are very unreliable.

Alternatively, you can look at a recent property tax bill to get your home’s tax assessed value, which is a percentage of your home’s fair market value. If you know your state’s assessment rate (which is usually between 80 and 90 percent), you can estimate fair market value by dividing your tax assessed value by that assessment rate.

How can I sell at the highest price possible?

There are several simple, low-cost things you can do to boost the value of your home. These include eliminating clutter, washing windows and walls, and installing higher wattage bulbs to create a brighter environment A fresh coat of paint, some vibrant landscaping and even an new front door if your current door is outdated will also work wonders.

Larger projects, like adding bedrooms and renovating kitchens and bathrooms, typically yield more substantial increases in sales price but they can be timely and costly.

Staging your home, which helps paint a picture for how buyers will use their new space, can also add value.

With whatever you do, you want to make sure the improvements will be worth the expense and increase the sales price.

How long will my home be on the market?

The time your home spends on the market depends on several factors, including location, how competitively your home is priced, and how aggressively your home is marketed.

Statistics show that if a home is properly priced, an offer should come in within the first 12 showings. If you want to speed up the sales process, don’t underestimate the value of staging. Research shows that well-staged homes can sell up to 32 percent faster than homes that aren’t staged.

How can an agent help?

A real estate agent can help with all aspects of the selling process, from pricing to marketing to recommending certain vendors to fix and update your home. They can also handling the intricacies of closing.

An agent will negotiate on your behalf to secure the highest and best price – and quickest sale – possible.

Looking for an agent who can help guide you though the intricacies of the selling process every step of the way?

Please contact Sean – he looks forward to the opportunity to work with you!