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As the seller of your home, you truly have the driver's keys. You have leverage regarding the final say on how much you are willing to accept for your house, when you will put your house on the market and the types of buyers you're willing to negotiate a deal with. Dates and times for when you will showcase your home during open houses is another sell deliverable that you have say in. This type of power could lead you to think that you have ultimate control over the house sell process.
Stop asking house buyers to bend too much
Think like this too long and you could start losing the chance to land a good house sell. At the worse end, your expectations as the house seller could become unreasonable. But, how do you know if you're asking for too much as the seller?
After all, it is your house. You have history at this property. It's not just a place to eat sleep and entertain for you. Your house holds your family's memories. It might be the place where you spent time with loved ones during the final days of that loved ones earthly experiences.
Babies might have been born or raised in your house. If you look, you might still be able to see the height marks that you penciled on den or kitchen wall as you tracked your child's physical growth. Weddings, birthdays, graduations and festive holiday and cultural celebrations may have been hosted at your house several times a year.
It's hard to put a price on those types of memories. They truly are priceless. But, these are your personal memories. House shoppers don't have these memories of your house to relish.
To house shoppers, your home is a dwelling, a place where they can create brand new memories.If you allow the memories that you created at your house to influence pricing too much, you could set unreasonable expectations.
A good realtor could help you to avoid this by conducting extensive market research on your house and similar area houses. For example, your realtor could run a comparable report that compares the amenities, square footage, house structure and outdoor space alongside houses located within a five mile radius of your property.
How you might be too demanding as a house seller
Demanding that house buyers wait weeks to move into your house after the deal has been signed is another sign that you may be being unreasonable. Not thoroughly cleaning your house after you vacate and removing appliances from the property that you told house buyers they could have as part of the deal are other signs that you are being unreasonable.
The latter is also a sign that you are not ready to let go of your house psychologically or emotionally. Most of all, not telling house buyers about major issues at your house is a sign that you are being unreasonable.
At first glance, keeping major issues at your house a secret might appear to save you the money of repairing those items. But, should those issues show up during an inspection or within a few days after buyers move in, your reputation could be damaged.
You could also be legally liable for the cost of the repairs. To avoid being unreasonable during the home sell process, put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Treat house shoppers and house buyers to the same level of respect, honesty and transparency that you would want to receive if you were shopping for a house.
You may be wondering what can be done with the room below the main floor of your home. This room is also better known as a basement. Most basements have things like the fuse box, your water heater, and a furnace in them.
There is a possibility in many homes to transform the basement floor into another room. This can add immense value to your home, by providing additional space. By using this as a room, you can change the set up of your home and provide more living space without needing to move.
Size Of The Room
The size of the basement area can vary widely. The ceiling heights can vary and there may be little to no natural light in the room, which can be a hindrance when it comes to certain things that you may want to do with that area. This means that the basement may not be suitable for all everyday living purposes, but it still can be used for some things, depending upon the space.
Many people take the basement level of their home and turn it into an in-law apartment. This is where a relative can live independently. Many of these include a separate entrance, kitchen, and bathroom. Building this type of room may be costly. Keep in mind that it will add immense value to your home when you do decide to sell the home in the future. It will provide a comfortable living situation for everyone in the home. Even a small studio can add value a whole lot of value to your property.
Family Room And More
Many basements have become prime examples of a family room. These rooms can house game tables, televisions, sofas, and more. From a dedicated game room to a manly man cave, everyone in the family can make use of a newly renovated space. You’ll just need to decide what to do before you start.
Disguise The Look
The first thing that you’ll need to do is completely disguise the look of your basement. This can require you to put up drywall and add some paint to the area. If the basement floor begins as simple concrete, you’re probably going to need to lay down carpet and put in some flooring, depending upon how in-depth your renovation will be.
Appliance And Storage Area
If you can’t make your basement into any type of living space per say, you may want to transform it into a laundry room, or house other appliances down there. Aside from your washer and dryer, you may need a freezer or an additional fridge for food storage. The basement is the perfect place for these items. You can use another part of the basement to keep off-season items like Christmas decorations and outdoor furniture.
No matter what you do with your basement, remember that it’s a bonus room in many cases as far as your square footage is concerned. Get creative and make the basement your own!
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