Ready to sell your house? Well … not so fast! Actually, there’s a whole list of to-dos to keep in mind before putting that ‘For Sale’ sign up.
Just as you like to prepare in advance for guests so they feel at home and enjoy every visit, you also need to put things in order before letting the first potential buyer through the front door (especially if you’re looking to get a great offer for your property, right?).
So, before you put your house on the market, here’s a handy checklist of the most important to dos:
#1: Declutter, organize, and stage your home
Over time, we store up things around the house that have overstayed their welcome. Or we get emotionally attached to them and refuse to let go.
When you’re getting ready to sell your house, the first step is to identify and take out all that stuff so your house can ‘breathe again.’
Do a thorough sweep of drawers, cabinets, counters and just about every nook and cranny of the house where something ‘uncomplimentary’ may be hiding.
Don’t forget to re-arrange or furnish the house to increase the overall appeal for potential buyers.
#2: Work with your professional real estate agent to make the changes necessary to make your home more sellable
Some home owners want to sell their own property so they can keep the agent’s commission. Yes, it can be tempting – but please, resist the urge!
An experienced real estate agent, such as myself here in the Montgomery County area, has the right contacts, knows where to advertise your property, and what to do to make your home more appealing to ready buyers.
#3: Know the value of your house and figure out what your selling price will be
Before you put your house up for sale, do some research or engage a real estate agent to figure out the current value of the property.
After that, determine how much you’re going to ask for your property, even before the first buyer steps through the front door.
Ready to list your house for sale? Contact me! I can guide you every step of the way.