Since the financial crash, many people have been struggling to make ends meet and live within their means. Credit cards and loans can often be tempting when there is an important bill to pay or even when you want a luxury that you realistically cannot afford. If you find yourself in dire straits in your financial life then it may be time to think about every option available to you. If you are not making enough money to pay your bills and to manage your debts, then it may be time to consider selling your biggest asset: your home.
Research the Market
Don’t put your home up for sale until you have researched the market conditions in your area or region. Although you may want to get out of debt and sell your home fast, it won’t sell very quickly in a slow market. What are house prices like in your area? If they are exceptionally high then you could reduce your asking price to make it more reasonable and make a faster house sale. Are house prices relatively low? Then you may want to consider waiting until later on in the year before selling. Summertime is usually a great time of year for making a house sale as there is huge demand for housing during this period. The housing market slows down considerably towards the winter months therefore if you can afford to wait a few months then it may be worth your while.
Consider your asking price
Your home will likely have increased in value since you bought it but you may want to consider what prices property in your area are actually selling for. Are people achieving their asking prices? How realistic are your expectations? You can consult with an estate agent to get an idea of what homes are selling for or you can compare selling prices on-line and in the estate agents’ windows. Take an average price from a minimum of three homes for sale in your area which are similar to your own property and this will give you an idea of what your asking price could be set at. Get your home valued and allow for the fact that you may have to reduce your asking price to make a faster sale. In addition, consider listing your property with several estate agents instead of just one. There may be more fees but you will make a faster sale by showing your home to a wider range of potential buyers.
Last but definitely not least, ensure that your house is in tip top condition before allowing potential buyers to view it. Get the garden in order, make any necessary repairs and repaint the house in neutral colours. Also, get rid of clutter and make the house look like a showroom instead of a family home. Market your home to the right kind of buyers and you should be on your way to making a faster sale and getting out of debt.