Making the choice to sell your home is a major life decision! I’m sure there was a lot of work and thought that went into deciding it was time, but once you commit your work has just begun. Getting your house prepared to go on the market requires thoughtful preparation. If you’re about to sell your house – or are thinking about doing so – take these steps into consideration:
- Get a Home Inspection. Potential homebuyers are going to do this before purchasing your home. It’s a good idea for you to be ahead of the curve and take care of any potential surprises that might turn up that might delay or prevent a sale.
- Freshen up the house. You don’t need to do a complete home makeover, but you can make small improvements that make a big statement. This is especially important if your home is older. A fresh coat of (neutral colored!) paint and updated fixtures goes a long way in making your home feel new.
- Add curb appeal. Prospective buyers start judging your house from the minute they pull up. New bark dust, some inexpensive annual flowers, and a quick driveway/sidewalk power wash are simple ways to make a great first impression.
- De-clutter. Some people can easily see the potential of a house, but most people don’t have great imaginations. Depersonalizing the house by removing your stuff makes it easier for homebuyers to visualize their own things in the space.
- Pick your agent. Begin looking for a real estate agent. Start with recommendations from friends and family of people they’ve worked with and trust. Don’t be afraid to interview several to make sure you choose someone you’ll be happy working with.
- Set a price. It’s not a bad idea to go into selling your house with a general idea of how much you’d like to ask, but work closely with you realtor to determine the ideal asking price. Many factors go into making this decision. The current market, your neighborhood, the age of your home, the school district you’re located in… A knowledgeable agent will guide you in setting a price that matches your goals.
- List your house everywhere. The online world has impacted the way homes sell. Work with an agent who will help you get your house listed on all of the major real estate websites. Don’t overlook social media, either; it can be a powerful tool in getting your house to sell faster!
- Take good photos. Many homebuyers do the majority of their looking online before they even contact an agent or begin viewing houses. Making sure your home has high-quality, professional photos as part of every listing is critical.
- Be flexible throughout the process. Selling a house is terribly inconvenient to a family living in the home they’re trying to sell. Be prepared for that, and gear yourself up to be flexible. The more showings you accept (even at inconvenient times) the more quickly your house will sell. Another tip? Do your best to avoid being home during a showing.
Selling your home might feel chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful process. I’m happy to work with you from the beginning to get your house ready to put on the market. Contact me today to learn more about my process and approach to real estate!