Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Property


Signs to Sell Your Property

Selling property is no easy task but there is an easier way to take on the challenge of this delicate process—create a checklist. When selling property, it is critical to examine the status of the market, personal factors, finances, equity, and overall readiness to move on to the next chapter of your life. It may sound like there are many elements to consider, but let’s break it down part by part and examine these elements further.

Once you have decided if it is time to sell your property there are outside factors to consider prior to placing your property on the market. The time of year, quality of the property, and location are all essential to the overall value (and nearly impossible, or at the very least quite difficult, to change).

What are Your Personal Needs?

How have your needs changed since purchasing your property? Writing down your priorities and needs when you purchased or acquired the property next to your current needs is an easy way to see how much has changed as far as personal value is considered. The value of property is not the same for every person! Your personal needs and preferences are an absolute when considering putting your property on the market. Be honest in your comparison and avoid outside influences or your personal desires—this should be an unbiased approach to determine your true needs.

A common personal need for families is the size of the property at the time of purchase and what has changed once the decision has been made to sell. If you can no longer keep the property due to its size, or if you cannot picture yourself keeping the property in the near future, it may be time to sell. Additionally, any change to your lifestyle or career can easily affect the value of your property. At a time when people are spending more and more time at home, including building in-home offices and working spaces, it may be wise to sell your property if the size no longer meets your needs. If you have outgrown your home, consider the cost of selling your property and what that means if you intend to purchase property elsewhere. If you are preparing to downsize, consider the change of owner costs (usually this is a positive financial change).

How Much Free Time Do You Need as a Property Owner?

Depending on your property type and location, property ownership can require owners’ to put aside a considerable amount of time to meet property needs. If you have the financial means, allocating the responsibilities to someone who can manage the property is always an option.

Consider your current responsibilities, both personal and professional, and prepare to sell your property according to your current and future needs. If you are selling your property in order to buy another property, it is vital to compare the responsibilities for both properties and the time allocated to both. This will help you make a realistic and financially reasonable decision when selling your property.

When is the Best Time to Sell My Property?

When the sellers’ market is thriving you should consider selling your property sooner than later. Ideally, you will make a higher profit when selling your property during the market’s peak. Consider starting by researching or reaching out to real estate companies to get a feel for the local market and value of your property. If you intend on doing your own research to determine if it’s the best time to sell your property, then take into account some of the most imperative factors. Has the price per square foot increased in your region? Are you using websites or contacts to determine how much property is being sold for in your region? Consider touring properties or homes in your region to have a better understanding of the most important factors in selling property.

Another important reflection is how long you have owned the property. It is critical that property owners build up sufficient equity before re-selling on the market. If you sell too soon, you may be spending more than what is worth for the property when considering all selling costs. Buying and selling property can be financially and emotionally exhausting, so give yourself enough time between buying and selling to prepare for every challenge associated with marketing your land or home.

What is your Financial Status and Needs?

Your financial status and portfolio are always important when selling or buying property, but if you intend on buying more property in the future after the sale of your estate then be sure that there are no financial risks. Take into account the financial implications of (1) outgrowing a property, (2) existing debts tied to the property (or personal debts that will interfere with your plans to sell or buy), (3) change of property locations and financial costs associated with moving to a new location or buying property in a new location, and (4) personal plans such as starting a family, moving with a spouse, change of career and salary, etc.

Always avoid making decisions based on potential or expected financial outcomes as this can lead to devasting monetary losses when selling property with an expectation of buying property elsewhere.

Repairs Worth Making Before You Sell Your Property

Do not underestimate the financial value of a good repair! Sometimes fronting the cost on property repairs have a greater long-term value and are more of an investment than financial loss.

If you own a home, consider the most important factors, such as adequate roofing, heating, and cooling systems, foundation quality, electrical systems, plumbing, and of course the land itself. There is no requirement to upgrade your property to increase its value (although that is always a choice), but it is recommended to make any required repairs and regularly upkeep the property to attract buyers and sell for maximum profit.

In Conclusion

No two properties are alike and there is no one-size-fits-all answer when deciding whether or not to sell your estate. It is critical to prioritize your financial status and needs, personal lifestyle, geographical location and neighborhood, and of course how much time you have to manage selling your property. Avoid making concrete decisions and focusing on potential or likely financial assets and outcomes, and instead, prepare to sell your property by taking into consideration what you can currently provide as a seller and potential buyer in the future. If you are unsure about whether or not to sell, you can always reach out to a local real estate agent or company for a professional opinion on the market your property value.

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