You may be ready to upgrade or downsize, move closer to your family or closer to that new job; whatever the reason you’re changing homes, you have to sell your current one. Here’s what you should do to get your home ready before listing your property for sale.
Search Local Listings
When putting your house up for sale, it’s important to know what you’re up against. Research your local listings for what other homes are going for. This can give you a good idea of what your own home is worth and what the real estate market looks like.
Build Your Team
Selling your home can be a stressful and emotional process. Working with a professional can help to alleviate the strain, as well as saving you time and money along the way. It is a realtor’s job to guide you through the process and ensure you get the most out of your experience.
Declutter & Re-Organize
Right now your home is still very much yours, but in order for someone to put down an offer, you will have to make some changes so that they can see everything your beautiful home has to offer. Go hard on cleaning and organizing. If possible, move about a third of your personal belongings to a storage unit.
Add the Finishing Touches
Little things can make a huge difference. Make sure to have fresh bulbs in every light fixture. Your lawn should be mowed in summer and your driveway shovelled in winter. Minor repairs should be made now – scuffs in the floor or holes in the walls should be attended to. Even items that seem inconsequential, like loose door handles, should be fixed before any viewings.
Set the Stage
Staging your home is the act of setting it up in a way that allows potential buyers to see themselves living there. Take advantage of your home’s new look by taking photos for the listing. Take a photo of each room with proper lighting. Don’t forget the front and back yards. People will skip over listings that skimp on pictures.
Follow these steps to make your home irresistible to buyers. For advice at any point along your selling journey, our team would be happy to assist! Send us a message or call us today.