6 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

Are you thinking about selling your home? Maybe you need to downsize, get a bigger home for a growing family or maybe you are retiring and planning on heading to a warmer place for your best years; before you decide to sell there a few things you need to consider before putting your home on the market. Listed below are six things you should do before you sell your home.

  1. Shop for and get a real estate agent– Ask your friends and family for recommendations and interview a few agents before you decide on one. Choose someone you are compatible with, someone who is going to listen to what it is you want and not try to sell you something you don’t want just to make a sale. Make sure too, that the real estate agent you choose is experienced and knowledgeable in today’s slow market.

  2. Get your home ready! Stage it!– Have your home professionally inspected for termites and other pests and once any are removed, get rid of the evidence. Fix all exterior feature with fresh paint or power-washing. Don’t forget that the landscaping is one of the first things a potential homebuyer will see so it should be neat and kept. You should also consider keeping your home free of clutter and having the minimum amount of stuff lying around. Buyers like to envision themselves in the home and that can be hard to do if all they see is your things. You need to also have your carpets cleaned too and don’t forget to slap on a new coat of paint. Doing these things can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home and ultimately may help you make that sale.

  3. Pre-appraise your home– It is a good idea to get an idea of what your home is worth. Your home may sit on the market for a long time if you are pricing it too high.

  4. Pre-inspect your home– The idea behind a pre-inspection is to catch any deal killers before it happens. Potential buyers can be turned off from a proper if after inspection they find water damage or foundation problems. Fixing these type of problems from the get go will help to eliminate any problems with potential buyers backing out.

  5. Find a lender– First call your existing lender to see how much you need to pay off. Get a loan preapproval letter so that  you know how much you are able to pay on a new home.

  6. Sell your home before you buy a new one– Too often people jump the gun and buy a home before they have even sold their old home. This is a bad idea! If your old home sits on the market too long you are stuck with a double mortgage payment and potential financial ruin.

 

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