You’ve heard the market is great for selling right now, so you are thinking maybe now is the time. So, what do you need to do to prepare before your home actually hits the market?
Meet with Your Agent.
It should come as no surprise that this is the first thing recommended if you are thinking of selling. Sit down with your agent and discuss what they believe your home can sell for, repairs that may need to be taken care of before listing, and the timeline for getting your home sold.
Know Your Bottom Line.
While you are sitting down with your agent, ask them to prepare a net sheet for you. This will give you an idea of what you will be walking away with after selling your home. It is important to know these numbers and your bottom line upfront so that you can make more confident and educated decisions throughout the process.
Home maintenance, such as changing out the air filters, recaulking the windows, and fixing that slow draining tub, are things that tend to go to the wayside when you are living in your home. However, you want to tackle these before you list your home otherwise you will probably be seeing them in the inspection report.
De-Clutter Your Home.
Once those maintenance projects are handle, now it is time to declutter. Begin by removing about 50% of the clothes and other items from your closets. You’ll have to pack them sooner or later! Next pack up anything laying around the house that isn’t decor, such as larger toys, excessive dog toys, the beanbag chairs the kids love to drag out, etc. Finally, clear off those countertops. If it isn’t for decoration, hide it under the sink or in the pantry.
Before the photographer and showings start coming through, give your house a good deep clean. I’m talking dust those hidden shelves you never get, mop behind the toilet, and get those floors shining. A clean house will instantly elevate you above the crowd.
Make Your Schedule as Flexible as Possible.
Before that sign goes in the yard and showings start, try to clear your schedule or make it as flexible as possible. You never know when someone will want to see your home.