March 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

How to prepare your home for sale

In the real estate business, spring is the busiest time of year. If you’re considering selling your home this spring, now is the time to start preparing. Don’t wait to get ready. Some of these projects will not only get you ready ahead of time for a home sale, but will also help you spring-clean, and get your home feeling fresh and new.

  1. Home inspection

Start off with a home inspection. Although the last thing you may want to do right now is spend additional money, getting a home inspection can help you evaluate the condition of your home. An inspection will tell you about any issues within your home, both big and small. This knowledge can prepare you for your first meeting with your real estate agent and help you determine the listing price of your home.

  1. De-clutter and begin packing

Whether you choose to sell or not, now’s the time to diminish your clutter. Go through each room of your home (including your closets) and determine what you’re willing to part with. Household good, clothes, electronics, and much more can be donated to local charities such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. Not only will these items go to families in need, but you’ll also create additional space in your home and have less to pack. Once you’ve de-cluttered, evaluate what can be placed in boxes. There might be things you don’t want to part with, but won’t be needing in the near future. Pack up these belongings and store in your garage or rent a storage unit. When potential buyers visit your home, they’ll appreciate the effort you went through to make your home look like new.


  1. Organize and clean up

Now that you’ve removed and packed up some of your belongings, it’s time to start organizing and cleaning. You may have additional storage space for items, and you should optimize this space. Rearrange your closets and cabinets with the goal of keeping things neat and tidy. Keep in mind that potential buyers will often snoop though private spaces when visiting a home. This extra level of organization will help you prepare for showings. Once you’ve organized, give your home a good deep cleaning. Aim to get all floors, walls, appliances, windows, and countertops looking like new again.


  1. Make improvements and minor repairs

Revisit what you learned in your home inspection. What repairs does your home need? Now is the time to complete anything around your home that is within your budget. Consider painting rooms in need, caulking where applicable, and even refinishing floors or cabinets. Making small repairs can help increase the value of your home.


  1. Research your market

Before you meet with a real estate agent, do your homework. Look at what’s happening in your market. How fast are homes selling? What are other homes in your neighborhood selling for? Look into your own home and verify that all your property records accurately reflect your home, and prepare for any discrepancies.


  1. Find a real estate agent

Like choosing the agent you used to help you buy your home, choosing your listing agent is just as important. Start by getting recommendations from friends and family. Interview several agents before making your final decision. Check out our list of interview questions to help you prepare for the real estate agent decision-making process.

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