Looking to start 2020 by selling your home and starting fresh in a new residence? Selling your home can be a daunting and overwhelming task. If your planning to sell your home in the near future, here are a few resolutions to help you get started.
Mark Your Calendar!
Set your listing date well in advance to help you plan when to sell your home. Starting early by contacting realtors, lawyers, inspectors, etc. can help ease some stress by getting ahead of the game.
Repair and Replace
Make sure your home is in excellent shape before selling. Repair any minor damage you can like cracked drywall, stained carpets, burned-out light bulbs, marks/holes on the wall, and landscaping. Have a trusted friend, agent, or an inspector look over your home for damage you might have missed.
Three to six months before your home hits the market, have your agent start scanning comparable listings to get a ballpark price estimate. Keep in mind that a variety of factors may affect your home’s selling price, like lot size; landscaping and interior finishes; proximity to busy streets, public transit, schools and parks; or supply and demand in the marketplace. Your agent will assess your home just prior to listing, to ensure you set the right price to attract serious buyers.
Clean and De-Clutter
A cluttered home makes the space look smaller and less organized. While this might take a while, keeping your home clutter free and organized will help it sell. Take it step by step, room by room, and you’ll get through it. Be honest about what you want, need and love, and what you can do without. Plus, this will save time and money on moving to your new home.
Stage to Sell
When it’s time to sell your home, stage it to show it in the best possible light. This includes packing up non-essential items into storage or into your donation box. Sometimes, sellers will rent furnishings while their own are in storage to make the house look complete. Your agent may offer staging as part of their suite of services, or will be able to put you in touch with a professional stager.