(WDEF) It's a buyer's real estate market, so being on the selling end can be a big task for any homeowner.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List explained, "In today's real estate market it's a competitive market so consumers are looking for ways to rule out your house. So you really need to get back to the basics and make sure your house really shines, Is your house clean, inside and out? Is everything organized? A lot of times people think that their own interior design is a selling point, it usually isn't."
When people are thinking about buying a house they are looking for reasons to rule it out. Simple things like a leaky faucet or bigger issues like a faulty water heater can be a turn-off for buyers.
Paula Smith is a Real Estate Agent. She said, "I hate that my sellers are surprised often when the inspection happens that they had no idea that that was happening. And then they are stuck with a bill of fixing it that they weren't expecting and they have already agreed on a sales price."
Angie Warns to choose your realtor wisely.
"When shopping for a realtor you want someone that is going to get your house sold quickly and at the price you are looking for so you want to do your due diligence and ask them questions. How long as their average house been on the market, how close to the original asking price did the house sell, and what is their expertise in your neighborhood," Hicks said.
In years past, open houses were a popular way for would-be buyers to see properties they were considering. But with the rise and convenience of online listings, the experts say open houses are just not as necessary.