Thinking of selling your home this year? Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the sale
If you’ve recently thought of relocating and/or putting your home on the market, now’s a great time to do so. For many homeowners, however, the process of selling a home can be overwhelming because the needs of every buyer are different, making it difficult to know how to best prepare for a sale.
Fortunately, by considering the information in this article, you can better understand how to prepare your home for a sale and get top dollar for your property.
Enlisting the help of a professional
One of the great things about selling a home is that homeowners can retain expert assistance without having to worry about hefty upfront costs because real estate agents are paid on commission. The best time to contact an agent to help with selling your home is generally three months before your desired closing date because the real estate market is constantly changing. By contacting an agent too early, you could end up following advice that is obsolete when your home actually goes on the market.
Still, the three-month timeline isn’t a rule set in stone. If your home requires extensive upgrades and renovations before listing, then contacting a real estate agent sooner further in advance is advisable. On the other hand, if you’re in a housing market where homes are selling quickly and prices are more volatile, you may need to wait until later before contacting a real estate agent.
It’s a best practice to reach out to at least three real estate agents before putting your home on the market because every agent works differently and interviewing multiple professionals enables you to identify the one that is the best fit for yourself.
Preparing for a sale
After contacting a real estate agent and officially starting the home selling process, you should begin taking steps to make your home more attractive to buyers. A great way to do this is by increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home by washing your windows on the inside and outside, removing or replacing old window treatments, and switching out dim light bulbs with brighter ones.
Another simple way to boost the attractiveness of your property is to enhance its curb appeal by trimming foliage and pulling weeds, cleaning debris, mowing the lawn, and pressure washing the exterior of your home. You can also take steps such as adding curb appeal boosters such as a decorative bench, colorful mailbox, or flower planters.
The final method of quickly boosting your home’s appeal to buyers is by decluttering your space. You can simplify the decision to keep or dispose of items by sorting items into categories such as “store,” “sell,” “donate,” and “toss/recycle.” By using these high-level categories, you can quickly apply the rules to virtually all the clutter in your home.
In addition to the tips on making your home more attractive to buyers, if you work with a real estate agent, they also should be able to provide additional advice tailored to your specific situation.