Selling your home can be a stressful, time consuming and daunting task. The preparation that goes into buying and selling a home is no small feat.
Here are some tips for preparing your home for sale.
Clean up your home.
- Now is the time to de-clutter and do that spring cleaning you have been putting off.
- Pay attention to the details because a buyer will.
- If there are items you can live with out for the next few months start boxing some of them up.
- Clean items such as baseboards, shelves and window wells.
- Don’t forget the yard and the front of your house. This is buyers first impression so make it a great one.
Have your property evaluated so you can see what homes in your area are selling for. (Curious what your home is worth? Click Here.)
- Looking at comparable properties in your area will give you a good grasp of how much your house may be worth and how long it will take to sell.
- Don’t go off the tax assessor’s estimate. These numbers do not reflect the current market or trends.
- If you have a very unique property an appraisal may need to be done in order to get the most accurate value.
Some sellers choose to have a home inspection prior to selling. This is not always necessary but can help make you aware of items that may come up prior to a placing your home on the market.
- This step does not necessarily need to be done by a professional inspector since most buyers will hire one after an offer has been made. If you are aware of items that need to be fixed it is a good idea to go ahead and make those repairs prior to receiving an offer.
At this stage of the game is where you would want to decide whether you would like to hire a professional real estate agent or handle the sale yourself.
Handling the sale of your own home can be done and done well. It is a personal preference and one only you can make. If you choose to go that route make sure you use good signage look into all the free marketing options available to you. Beware of scams and be careful when showing your home to potential buyers.
If you choose to go with a real estate professional they will handle all the signage, photography, marketing, negotiating, and closing of the transaction.
There is no right way, it is whatever makes you comfortable.