The process of moving out of a home and transferring to another can be overwhelming, as it involves different steps, from looking for a real estate agent, staging your home, to packing up your belongings, and more.
In this guide, we’ll show you some of the things you can expect when selling your home. While it’s not a surefire way to get things done quickly, it may help you feel more organized as you go through the tedious selling process.
Work with an experienced and trustworthy real estate agent
An experienced real estate agent will not only help you sell your home quickly and for top dollar, he or she will also be there to serve as your trusted resource during the selling process. Try to find an agent who uses a strategic but realistic approach. A good agent should be able to accurately identify any drawbacks your home may have, as well as selling points you could use to your advantage.
Planning and preparing for the sale
After making the decision to sell your home, create a “master list” of things you need to do, including repairs, renovations, and other tasks. Selling a home can get pretty hectic, so having everything organized in a list will help you stay on track.
One of the things you can do is to estimate a “launch” date for your home sale and work backwards so you can get a good picture of how long each task may take.
Identify what needs to be fixed, and what should remain as is
When considering home improvements, approach with a mindset that you’ll probably not recoup the entire cost of all of the home improvements you implement. You’ll need to pick your spots wisely, so you’ll make the most out of your money. Repair anything which may give a potential buyer the impression that the home may not be well-cared for, such as damaged tiles, a malfunctioning doorbell, or a leaky faucet, just to give you a few examples.
Stage your home
Before you look for new accessories, it’s best to make sure your home is clean and decluttered. Show off your storage potential by clearing out cupboards, closets, and other storage spaces. Every room’s purpose should be clearly defined, so create your design plans around that idea. You can also choose to buy, rent, or borrow budget-friendly furnishings to help you create clearly defined spaces.
Preparing for an open house
Cleanliness should be your top priority, so make sure your home is absolutely spotless on the day of the open house. Do a quick run through and check if everything’s in order. For your own security, make sure you don’t have any small valuables lying around, and set a password for all computers within your home.
Take the time to bid farewell to your old home
For some people, leaving a home behind can be an emotional experience, especially if you’ve lived there for awhile. It’s easy to simply forget about the home you’re selling when you get lost in all the planning and preparing. Be sure to take few photos of your old home right before packing your things. It’ll be nice to have around and show your kids when they’re all grown up.