That’s all on top of trying to locate your homeowner’s documents which, over the years, somehow got filed in about 15 different places. We know selling a home is just as much a whirlwind as buying one, so we’re helping you keep track of your to-do list so that you don’t have to.
Here are some important considerations when selling your home:
1. Put Your Documents in Order
That includes the deed to the house and the mortgage, as well as copies of utility bills, permits, and tax bills. You will not only want to have everything ready for the sale but additionally, having everything at hand will allow you and your agent to address questions from potential buyers and their agents.
2. De-Clutter Your Home
Our homes can accumulate many items over the years. For potential buyers, though, that clutter can make it difficult to envision themselves in the home. Selling your home quickly, and for its maximum price, means making your home as attractive to prospective buyers as possible.
3. Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
Along the same lines as #2, be sure to keep your home as sparkling as possible. This will again help potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home — everyone wants to feel like they’re getting a fresh start. Maximize your profit with simple fixes like dusting, cleaning windows, and putting out fresh towels.
4. Make Repairs
You know what we’re talking about – that leaky faucet, that broken cabinet. It’s time to make those fixes. Potential homebuyers will notice those items, and after seeing one or two they will start to wonder if there are bigger fixes in the home that simply escape plain sight. Create an environment in which potential homebuyers feel confident about the home they will be purchasing.
5. Distance Yourself From Your House
This is the most difficult of all, but perhaps the most important. Disassociating yourself from the house, and focusing on what’s next, will make it easier for you to accomplish everything else on the list, shorten the time to sale, and maximize your profit.
The best real estate agents should also help you keep track of this checklist. Selling your house faster, and for more money, benefits the both of you. Make sure you find the agent who will make your transition a breeze.