Buying and/or selling a home can be a very stressful and exciting time. Our family went through this process almost three years ago and the Lord really blessed us through the entire thing. So, with that said, I would like to humbly share what we learned through the process.
1. Get a good Realtor. If you are serious about selling your home quickly, there is no substitute for a good Realtor. I know… I wanted to save the money too and sell the house myself. But the truth is, a Realtor has more connections and can post your home on dozens of websites, private Realtor sites, etc. They have the advantage of being in the industry and having more connections. Pick the Realtor with the most certifications. That proves that they are serious about what they do. We picked Ronnie Hooks. It was between her and another Realtor with a myriad of certs. We prayed about it and picked Ronnie.
2. Price your home to sell. In today’s buyers market, pricing your home too high can mean the difference between selling your home in a short period of time and having in on the market for several years. A good rule of thumb is to price your home at or below the Zillow Zestimate.
3. Fix your home up. Especially for older homes, a little TLC can go a long way. We painted the entire inside of the house, got the hardwood floors professionally sanded and re-coated, painted the awnings, replaced the front porch rail, fixed the fireplace hearth, and many other things. Your Realtor can help you decide what is most important for you to tackle. Investing a few hundred dollars can get you a good return on investment.
4. Consider building a home. We first looked at buying an existing home and also at designing our own modular home. What we found was that it was about the same cost to build a home. The good thing about this is you get to pick everything out just the way that you want it! My wife got the kitchen just the way she wanted it! In fact, she handled pretty much the entire home buying process. I helped out some but she handled the lion’s share of the work. We went with America’s Home Place. They have an office in Greensboro, NC. We went with them because we have some relatives that used them to build their home in Georgia. We had a very positive experience with them. They certainly have done this a time or two and were very good.
And lastly and MOST importantly:
“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”
–Proverbs 16:3 AMP
Gary Lee Millner