There are many things to consider when selling your home, but I can assist you with prioritizing what needs to be done with respect to getting your home ready for sale. To begin, here are some basic steps to the process for you to get familiar with.
Initial Phase – Preparation
Prepare your home with cleaning/staging: The right staging and placement of furniture can really help set your home apart so that every buyer sees its true potential. Even though this may not be the way you live in it day-to-day, it can be very helpful for buyers. Be sure to also take care of any deferred maintenance items. Freshening up paint, professionally cleaning your carpets or any other of the like will also provide the impression you want to all prospective buyers.
Curb Appeal: The front of your home is the first thing and the last thing all who visit your home are going to see. Freshly painted entry doors, clean lobbies or foyers and nicely landscaped yards are the kinds of things that everyone will notice. A good first impression goes a long way as well as the image they will take with them when they leave.
Pricing: Pricing a home is based on many things like active comps, sold comps and of course both location and condition. I will provide you with data on homes on the market as well as my professional opinion on your particular home’s desirable attributes so that you can arrive at the most appropriate price to go to the market with. Having the right price initially is important as most of the traffic seen on a listing is within the first couple of weeks. It is best to capitalize on presenting the best price to this large and captive audience.
Second Phase – On the Market
Keep it Clean: Cleaning and staging your home are not just for the photo preparation. We typically will plan on having broker and public open houses as well as showings throughout the time it is on the market. Ensuring it is in pristine condition will again help showcase it in its best light.
Final Phase – Prepare to Move
Accepting an offer and closing: After you have accepted an offer and your buyer has had an inspection then you officially enter contract. This typically is when a deal gets solidified enough that you can then begin packing and planning for your own move. It is important that you leave the home completely empty and in clean condition for when the buyer conducts their walk-through just before closing day.
Do you have additional questions? Let my expertise and resources be of assistance to you. From movers to contractors I can connect you with other professionals that you may need in this process and help you get best prepared for a smooth and successful transaction.