As spring comes and the snow begins to melt another cycle of real estate begins. If you’re considering listing your home this year, it’s definitely not too late to get started. March and April can be great months for putting your house in front of prospective buyers, but the summer months are also great times to sell. Regardless of your timing, there are a few things you need to do right now to start getting ready to list. It’s not as simple as sticking a sign in the yard and waiting for the calls to roll in. Making sure that both you and your home are show ready will help turn the odds in your favor when its time to put it on the market.
Here is a quick checklist of what you are going to want to do before selling your home:
- Hire a Realtor - Selling a home is a complicated process that really demands an expert, this is why 91 percent of home sellers used a realtor in 2017. When your try selling your home without a realtor you can be facing some serious financial risks since you don't have the education in real estate law. Since realtors are very experienced when it comes to selling houses they often will be able to point out items that are big turn-offs to buyers. This will give you a head start fixing up some cosmetic stuff before your house is ready to show.
- Start decluttering - If you have to sell your home in order to buy the next, you’re going to be living in a showroom for the next few months. Take anything you don’t really need immediately and put it in a storage unit. Get it away from your house because pushing clutter around doesn’t really help anything. Declutter as much as you can bear to — it’ll make your house look bigger and more appealing to prospective buyers
- Build your homes curb appeal - How your home looks from the street is one of the first things potential buyers will see. The better the curb appeal, the more likely potential buyers will come inside and look around. The interesting thing about curb appeal is how certain elements of your house affect the whole picture.
- Spruce up the landscaping - As you are building your curb appeal make sure that your landscaping is up to par as well. Prune any unruly plants, replace perennials that may have patchy growth, refresh your mulch, give the lawn a mow. Now that your landscape is radiating amazing curb appeal, keep it that way until your home closes. If you need to hire a landscaper, consider it an investment.
- Get copies of your utility bills - People will ask what kind of utility costs are associated with your home. Does it just burn through the natural gas? Does the electricity use seem excessive? This is another place where you can get ahead of potential buyers by putting this information together and giving it to your Realtor on the day you sign your listing agreement.
- Deep clean like you’ve never cleaned before - Painting is a quick fix to renewing your home’s interior, however deep cleaning is a less expensive alternative and can result in a better overall effect. For example, if you clean your windows, inside and out until they’re super clean, you’ll immediately notice how much more natural light penetrates the room.