If you are thinking about selling your home, whether it be because you want to downsize or because you want to move your family into a larger residence, it is a big endeavour with a lot of things to consider. This is why it is important to understand what you are dealing with before you contact a realtor and take the necessary steps to list your home. Be sure to do your homework so you won’t be surprised in the middle of the process.
Sellers who are proactive and organized when listing their homes tend to have a more positive experience without any major snags or disappointments. Those who work with an experienced realtor also usually enjoy the process. So before you take the plunge and list your home take the time to think about all the important things you should do before taking this step. Here are a few things you may want to consider.
- Finding a Realtor
One of the most important pieces included in successfully selling a home is finding a great realtor you are comfortable working with and who knows the area your home is located in. You may also want to consider whether you plan to buy a new place as well and if you will work with the same realtor for both the sale and the purchase of your next property. A good realtor can make a big difference in diminishing the stress of selling a home.
- Prepare Your Home for Listing Photos
Because the photos posted on the realtor’s website or MLS are the first things other realtors and potential buyers see when looking at your property it is important the listing photos look professional while highlighting your home’s positive features. Your realtor should have someone they already work with but you may want to see some of the photographer’s previous work before you decide on whether they will be the ones to photograph your home.
- Think About Hiring a Stager
Homes that are professionally staged tend to typically sell faster than homes that are not. Stagers are experienced in creating the best look in a home and they can make sure there is nothing to distract potential buyers when they are viewing your home. Though it may cost some money upfront it may save you money in the long run. It might mean a higher offer or at the very least that your property moves more quickly.
- Do all Necessary Repairs
Even before you have the realtor come and view the property it is advisable all necessary repairs have been done and upkeep that needs doing is completed. Your home must look well cared for so potential buyers can see the house is in good shape and not have any worry about issues that may crop up after a sale. Be proactive and do all of these before you list just in case there is immediate interest in the home.
- Consider the Market
When selling a home be sure to know the ins and outs of the market beforehand. This way you won’t be disappointed if your house does not sell quickly in a slower moving market. Also, if you are planning to purchase a new home you want to think about how easy it may be to find a place to buy in a market where homes are moving quickly. There are a few things to think about in this respect so discuss this with your realtor.
- Be a Proactive Packer
While it may seem like you have a lot of time to pack your home and all of your belongings, moving day does seem to sneak up on people and before they know it they are rushing around trying to get everything done. As soon as you start thinking about selling start packing. Get rid of what you do not want to take with you and box up items you do not need for your everyday living. This can help you to keep on top of things and reduce stress in the long run.
- Research Movers
When home owners first start contemplating the sale of their house movers are usually not something they think about right away. However finding good movers is key to having a stress-free and successful move. Take some time to ask around. With movers word of mouth is often the best way to find efficient and professional companies. If you planning a long-distance move after selling it is even more important to plan ahead and book a moving company early on.