If you’re thinking about selling your home, whether it’s because you want to relocate, downsize, up-size, or just want a change of scenery, you need to make sure you’re getting ready before listing. Several steps must be taken before listing your home, but some are more important than others. While many people think their home is sale-ready, this is often not the case.
Listing your home involves tailoring the interior and exterior to be appealing to not just you and your family, but to the general public and the buyer’s market. By upping maintenance efforts, decluttering your home, and working with real estate professionals, you can ensure your home is sold in no time.
Depersonalize Before Listing
The first step when selling at home is to depersonalize. Depersonalizing also means decluttering. It would be best if you didn’t have tons of stuff around your house, as it is only a distraction when people come in for viewings. Start by putting most of your belongings in storage and only leaving out main furniture items as you would see in a staged home. Ensure that all your bookshelves are clean and that there are no excessive amounts of magazines, papers, photographs, or children’s belongings. If you have a pet, you should make sure their stuff is stowed away. By depersonalizing, you create a blank slate that prospective buyers can imprint their future life vision onto. You will find that depersonalizing will decrease the time between listing and final
Simple Renovations Make All The Difference
Simple renovations can be instrumental in getting your home sold faster. Updates like repainting, refacing kitchen cabinets, changing up the tile in the bathroom, or updating window coverings can make your home more appealing to buyers. Not only this, it will eliminate any signs of age-wear, showing it has been properly maintained throughout your ownership.
If you have an older roof or older windows and doors, replacing these can be a significant investment. However they can increase your home’s value and allow you to increase your sale price. If you speak to a Realtor®, they can usually help walk you through the various steps needed. These steps will also help ensure that any home inspections done will come back clear so that future homeowners don’t have to worry about any issues surprising them.
Speak To A Realtor®
By far, the most crucial step before listing your property is to speak to a Realtor®. People who try to list their homes independently are not as successful and often do not get as much money as possible. A Realtor® can help walk you through the steps involved with listing and take care of all the promotional aspects.
They will set up showings for viewers, open houses, and ensure that buyers are continually looking at your home so it can be sold as soon as possible. If you are unsure of which renovations to complete or how to declutter your space correctly, they can create a game plan so that you feel supported through every step of the process.
If you have yet to find a Realtor®, start looking in your area. Once you meet a few, you can speak to them about their potential listing strategy. A consultation will help you find someone who will listen to your needs and effectively communicate with you and potential buyers.
By taking the above steps and listening to a real estate professional’s advice, you can ensure that your home is sold in much less time than initially expected. They can also help you find a new property if you have yet to start looking.
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