If you are considering selling your home, please be sure to select a trusted real estate professional to get top dollar for your home. If this is your first time selling, it may seem daunting with preparing your house, moving and looking for your next home.
So, where do you start?
- Speak with your trusted real estate professional about the market in your area. Ask for a “competitive market assessment” (an estimate of how much your home is valued at in the current market) and a “net-to-seller” (estimated amount you get after you sell your home).
- Declutter, declutter, & declutter: This means taking your home to the bare minimum (furniture, clothing, linens, books, etc.) to make your house look open, clean, neat and organized. Box up items and store in garage, basement or donate to a worthy cause. What you may see as necessary, may be viewed as clutter and not enough space in the home. Do one room or area at a time so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. This is also a good way to be organized for your move! Label boxes with the room and items for easy placement when you arrive at your new home.
- Deep clean: When a potential buyer walks in and sees a clean home, they also assume a home that has been loved and cared for over the years. Pick up your home prior to a showing (i.e dishes, take out trash, pick up toys, etc.). Also, look at the outside of your home to ensure landscaping and exterior is well maintained.
- Necessary Repairs: Don’t let little things stop your home from selling. Fix the loose door knob, change burned out light bulbs, etc. Home inspections will look for major repairs such as structural, mechanical and health issues. Potential buyers walk through and notice small repairs and think, “What else is wrong?”
- Neutral Paint Color: Those bright/dark colored walls in your home, may turn potential buyers away. Keep it simple…White is making a big come back this year! It makes everything seem bright, open and clean. If you decide on something with color, go with a light neutral gray or beige. Make sure it coordinates with your carpet, counters, and/or cabinets.
- Find your next home: If you have found your next home, coordinate the closings so that you can make a smooth transition. If you haven’t found your next dream home, please make sure you have a back-up plan (i.e. apartment, storing items while living with family, etc.).
- Moving on: A final walk through of your home should be completed by both seller and buyer. As the seller, you should make sure everything you stated in the contract is in place (i.e. repairs promised, curtains, appliances, etc.). Make sure to go through your cabinets, closets and sheds to make sure you have removed all your personal belongings. Children may struggle with the move. Let them walk through with you, take pictures, and ask about their favorite memories. Focus on the people involved in those memories. Help them understand they will have just as many memories at the next home!
With a little elbow grease and a good plan, it will go by fast!