Easily Sell Your Home as a Travel Nurse: 5 Tips - The Gypsy Nurse

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By Theodora Evans

June 7, 2019



5 Tips on How to Easily Sell Your Home

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When looking to sell your home, here are some tips to make sell it easily.

With your line of work all about traveling, it’s also fair to say it is also about housing.  While some travel nurses choose to keep their homes, others find that the cost to maintain their home while on the road exceeds the benefits of owning a home.  Therefore, opt to sell their home and possibly rent an apartment or condo.  Travel nurses may also choose to sell their home and choose to take their RV for a housing option.

There are ways to save money on accommodation during this adventure, but one question remains – has your actual home become a financial deadweight since you’ve hit the road? If the answer is yes, you’ve probably been thinking about selling it. Easily and fast, if possible.   It is possible, but not if you’re just going to plant a ʽFor Saleʼ sign and wait for a miracle to happen. The ease of the process comes from careful presentation of your home which, again, requires the awareness of some external factors. That’s why we’ve put together some tips that will make the full potential of your property truly shine.

5 Tips to Easily Sell Your Home

1. Deal with your Mortgage

This is the first thing you’ll need to tackle. If you have a mortgage on your home, then you know that things are quite simple – you need to make enough off the sale of the home to cover the mortgage.   Knowing what your pay off amount is as opposed to the amount on your statements is important.   Your payoff amount is how much you will actually have to pay to satisfy the terms of your mortgage loan and completely pay off your debt.   You can find out what this amount is by requesting a payoff statement from your mortgage company.

2. Know the Worth of Your Home

Not what you might think your home is worth, but the actual figures. This is when those external factors come into play – the actual monetary value of your property doesn’t depend only on your home’s condition, but is also heavily influenced by the housing market and buyer demand. It’s essential to know the worth of your home so you wouldn’t make the mistake of overpricing.

This isn’t hard to accomplish, though, especially if you leverage the power of online research. You just need the information on how much the other properties in your area are marketed for and then see what they offer compared to your home. Pay attention to location, features, square footage. Once you go through the comparable sales in your neighborhood it’ll be much easier to figure out the appropriate listing price for your property.  If you are having a hard time deciding what your home is worth you may want to reach out to a licensed realtor in your area.  They typically have knowledge of what the market looks like in your area.

3. Prepare For Home Inspection

Since you want to sell easily and quickly, renovation is not an option. But that doesn’t mean your home can look like a mess, which means you need to take care of all the small stuff. A missing lightbulb or loose handle may seem unimportant to you, but the first buyers coming through will have the attitude of ʽWhat else is broken? ʼ. And truthfully there could be other things – squeaky doors, broken appliances, cracks in the walls, running toilets, leaky faucets, hardware, locks, etc. – especially if you’ve been away for a while.

It’s mandatory to repair or replace many of these things since many buyers will bring a licensed professional home inspector with a sharp eye for safety and functionality. Many of these projects are simple and straightforward DIY jobs, but it’s always prudent to utilize the services of a good handyman, especially if you’re not around that much.

4. Scrub & Purge

Repairs are not enough for your home to look as if it’s been well taken care of, it also needs to look spotless. So, you need to clean the carpets and rugs, tidy every room, and pay special attention to the bathroom and kitchen as these are places where cleanliness is valued the most.

The next step is to declutter your living areas so the buyers will be able to focus on the actual home and not overflowing closets and knick-knacks. It’s very important to perform a complete purge so they won’t have any distractions in visualizing themselves and their families as new owners. The trick is to eliminate your personality and make room for theirs. This means that no personal items such as family photos should be left behind, but you should also remove any bold furniture or artwork.

Same goes for loud color schemes – maybe you think that bright green or orange accent walls are great, but you’ll be on the safe side if you repaint them in neutral colors such as whites, light beige, and light grays. Besides the fact that these shades will represent a clean slate, they’ll also make your home look brighter and bigger and therefore more welcoming.

5. Invite Them In

The last step is to take care of your curb appeal because that’s the thing that will entice the buyers to want to see more. It’s like an invitation to the house, so you need to make your front door clean, visible and accessible, clear the clutter and debris from the yard and walkway, prune the hedges and mow the lawn. There are many really simple things which could go a long way such as replacing your doormat, and pots with colorful flowers will surely attract attention.

With the mortgage out the way and an appropriate price established you’re already halfway done. Keep in mind that a home inspection is all about the details and make sure that your refreshed curb appeal leads the buyers into a home that looks like a blank canvas on which they can project their own visions of living there.

Do you Have Tips to Easily Sell Your Home?

Have you sold a home recently? Have any experiences to share or tips for our readers? Anything lessons learned along the way? Please share your tips to easily sell your home in the comments.

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