Enlisting the help of a qualified real estate agent is the first step in the process of getting your home ready to sell. There are many several steps involved in the process of prepping you home for sale. Here are some of the main ones:
1. Determine if it’s the right time to sell.
Market conditions fluctuate, and certain times of the year are better than others for selling. Research market conditions before making a decision, then look for a few local, comparable homes so you can get an idea of those conditions. Of course, you can always call a Berkshire Hathaway agent for a free CMA and they will do the work for you.
2. Determine if it’s financially feasible for you to sell at this time.
If it’s a less-than-ideal market condition at the time you wish to sell, you may see that the market value of your home is far less than what you have remaining to pay on your mortgage.
3. Make updates and repairs to boost property value.
Evaluate the components of your home and its main structures, then address any pressing concerns, such as cracked windows, leaking pipes, or anything else that could turn off potential buyers.
4. Clean and declutter.
If you remove clutter from your rooms, it stands to reasons that they will look larger. You may want to rent a storage unit to store all but your most critical pieces of decor and furniture, at least for the short term. Just be sure to leave some furniture in each room rather than completely empty them out. You want buyers to imagine where their own stuff will go.
5. Be mindful of curb appeal.
Make sure your lawn is mowed and manicured, your hedges are trimmed, and flower beds are well tended. Replace your mailbox if damaged, and consider painting or replacing your front door. Replace any broken patio pavers or loose railings.
6. Schedule a professional photo shoot.
Most buyers will see your home online prior to viewing it in person. First impressions have never been more important, and you can’t get that by taking photos with your phone. Professional photos are a must, so schedule a photo shoot once you’ve cleaned the home. Your agent should do this for you.
7. Decide on an asking price.
Again, your real estate agent will help you come up with this. A competitive listing price will be similar to listing prices of comparable homes in your area, yet high enough so that you can make a bit of a profit.
8. Discuss open houses with your agent.
Let your agent know your family’s schedule so they know when to schedule open houses or showings. Come up with dates for open houses in advance so you can better plan.
9. Let your agent do their thing
Your agent is there to do a lot of the work for you. They will put your home on the multiple listing service (MLS) so potential buyers and agents can see it’s for sale. They will post a “for sale” sign in your yard and advertise the property online.
10. Look for a new home.
If your home were to sell quickly, you will have to be in a position to move out fast. Ask your agent to put you in touch with listings of new homes you may be interested in so you can be ready to go when the times comes.
Contact Berkshire Hathaway Premier Properties
For more tips by a qualified real estate agent on getting your home ready to sell, contact Berkshire Hathaway Premier Properties today at 832-626-4889.