The decision to list your home is already hard, but then you have to worry about all the other things that come with that decision. But don’t fret-we’re here to help you with this.
- Probably the single most important thing to remember when you list is to find a good, qualified realtor (and we’re not just saying that because we’re biased!) Your realtor can help you with the whole home-selling process, from real estate jargon to technical legal aspects.
- Fix up your home. Make sure the standard of your curb appeal is up to par. Walk through your home with a new perspective for things that you see every day, but might not actually realize need repairing or fixing up. Inspect the tiny yet important details, like the door and window frames, floors, and everything else. Take into account the age of your big items, such as your air conditioning unit, your roof, gutters, water heater, etc. Pull your records. Hire a home inspector to walk through and let you know what needs repairing so that you won’t be surprised later on. If you decide to renovate or repair yet have a limited budget when you list, decide what you will get the biggest return on investment for, and what buyers will be most geared towards.
- Look at the comps for your area. Sure, you might love that outdoor fireplace you lovingly placed on your back patio, but for buyers it may not be worth that extra money. Yes, you lived in your home and created memories there, but stay objective about what your home is really worth. Pricing your home too high compared to the surrounding homes may be a pitfall; buyers won’t want to pay a lot more for your house compared to what the neighbors’ homes are worth. Be reasonable, and don’t price based off of emotion. Your agent can help you out a lot with the adequate pricing of your home. They are the expert, after all.
- Clean your home. give it a good deep clean before it starts being shown, and also remember to put away all your clutter. And make sure it stays this way, because you will get unexpected drop-by showings at some point at least. Stage it as well, either by yourself or by a professional staging company.
- Account for some unexpected costs. Minor renovations, closing costs, staging costs, etc. might arise, so prepare yourself mentally and financially.
- Don’t assume anything. Not everyone is going to love that same blue paint that you adore. Just because you originally fell in love with your house the minute you saw it doesn’t mean that everyone else will too. Also, don’t set up any expectation of the time frame your home will sell in- it might fly off the market, or it may take a bit of time.