Last month, we talked about the must-do’s before buying a home. But selling your home can be a life-changing decision which requires just as much thought and consideration. Here are 7 must-do’s so that you can feel confident in listing your home:
- Find a trusted real estate agent
As with buying a home, this may be the most important decision you make in the home selling process. Your real estate agent should know the ins and outs of the current real estate market, guide you in determining your home’s listing price and will help you market the home to potential buyers.
- Research your local market
Do your homework to understand the value of your home. Take a look at comparable homes in your neighborhood to figure out the appropriate listing price for your home. Pay attention to details such as square footage, features and location. Your realtor can help you with this process.
- Consider the time of year
Do you have kids? Are you considering a move before the start of the school year? It’s important to consider that homes can take days, or they can take months to sell. Give yourself plenty of time so that you aren’t stressed about selling your home right before the start of a new school year.
- Work on your curb appeal
The first thing a potential buyer will see is the outside of your home. There are simple things you can do such as planting colorful flowers, mulching, and repainting your door to help welcome buyers into your home.
- Depersonalize your space
It’s important for buyers to be able to visualize themselves in your space. That’s why it’s a good idea to remove any personal items or family photos prior to listing your home. Hide your knick-knacks in a safe space, or better yet, a storage unit.
- Give your house a deep clean
Don’t let foul smells, dirty floors or dusty lamps deter potential buyers. Before listing your home, make sure your house is sparkling clean. This means wiping down surfaces, mopping floors, and cleaning rugs. Don’t forget the less frequently cleaned items like windows and baseboards!
- Declutter your home
When you’re selling your home, potential buyers want to see everything. That means that no messy closet will go untouched. Before you put your home on the market, go through your closets and donate what you no longer need or wear. It’s also a good idea to clean out and organize your pantry keeping only the essentials.
These are just 7 of the many steps to consider before putting your home on the market. We know the process can be complicated, but we understand the industry and can keep you on track with each step of the process. Contact us to get started.