So you’ve decided to move on. Maybe you need more space to accommodate your growing family, maybe you want to live in a more bustling area, maybe you’re looking to downsize. Nevertheless, there are important steps you need to take before you’re ready to officially put your home on the market. Read our tips for how to make this process as smooth as possible.
Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent
Having the right Realtor® by your side as you navigate the selling process will ultimately save you time and money. But of course, not any real estate agent will do. Be sure to select a partner that has deep knowledge of your local market, even if you have to interview a few people to find the perfect match.
Declutter Your Place
If you’ve lived in the same home for many years, it’s easy to let piles of stuff gather in every random nook and cranny. However, your home needs to be in tip-top shape when you’re ready to show it to potential homebuyers—they’d certainly prefer to open the closet doors without a giant pile of clothes and towels tumbling down. Plus, when you’re ready to leave for good, the moving process will be much easier if you’ve already done the organizing legwork.
Spruce Up Your Yard
First impressions make a huge difference, especially if potential homebuyers are touring multiple homes a day. Make yours stand out by displaying colorful flowers and making sure your lawn and bushes are neatly trimmed.
Consider Some Feng Shui
The way your furniture is arranged can make all the difference to how your home is received by future buyers. Avoid having furniture pushed against the wall, and make sure your spaces are easy to navigate for your new guests.
Finish Your Projects
Do you have a leaky kitchen sink or a door that creaks? Now is the perfect time to fix those things. Before tackling any other projects, talk to your Realtor® first. They will be able to tell you if painting your dining room or updating a light fixture will help when selling your home. They also have a network of people that can help you knock out the more intensive projects.