Six Crucial Steps Before Selling Your Home

By Jennifer Noble | Aug 22, 2017

Before sticking out the sale sign in your yard, it is important that you first prepare an actionable step by step home selling plan. These steps not only help you avoid some costly home selling mistakes but can also help you increase the value of your home. Nonetheless, whatever moves you intend to make, ensure they are all aligned to helping you attract a better deal for your home.


1. Come to terms with your motive to sell


What is the motive behind your reason to sell? Did someone mention how freshening it feels waking up on the other side of town? Or has your family outgrown your current home? Whatever the case, ensure that you have thought through the process, otherwise, you will be setting your soul up for disappointment. Compare the pros and cons of selling and only push through with the idea once satisfied you are making the right move.


2. Clean your home, thoroughly


Ironically everyone expects to buy a house that’s cleaner than the one they live in. Therefore, when prepping your home for sale, clean it thoroughly, like Martha Stewart clean. Cleanliness makes your potential buyers develop an emotional attachment to your house. The cleaning should also involve removing evidence of pets lest you scare away potential buyers that may be sensitive to pet dander.


If you can afford it, hire a team of professionals to help you get the house in order. Don’t forget to filter out of litter bins and stuffed toys when taking your home’s marketing photos.


3. Repair and replace outdated fixtures


It is only after cleaning that you can identify the outdated and unappealing interior fixtures around the house that need fixing. For instance, have your worn out brass chandeliers replaced with nickel ones. You will be amazed at the effect some $5 switch covers, and door handles can have on your overall home appeal.


But sometimes, you can be so used to your home interiors to the extent of not being able to tell what needs replacement and what doesn’t. In such a case, walk through the house with a trusted friend and have them point out areas that need improvement. Improve as much of these as possible. While at it, consider retouching on the house paint if it has been more than a year since you had your house painted.


4. Work on the home's landscape


While potential buyers will only buy a house if they fall in love with its interior, it is the exterior features like the polished landscapes and paved driveways that draw them in. If you have heard the ‘curb-appeal’ effect in real estate, then you probably understand the importance of that first impression.


Mow down the lawns and plant more colorful flowers. Brush and trim the bushes and repaint the outdoor benches. Whatever improvements you make, let them target at making your home’s exterior welcoming and spacious even.


5. Engage a home inspector


Most clients understand the significance of the home buying decision and, therefore, invest a lot of time and resources in finding the right home and so should you. One of the most common methods of determining the suitability of a house they have come to love is hiring a home inspector.


Place yourself in home buyer's shoes and check your home against possible factors to look at when buying a new home. For instance, don’t wait on your client’s home inspector to identify faults with your home, engage one before listing your home for sale and work on such lapses lest they cripple your sale.


6. Find a realtor


A realtor will not only offer insights on what potential buyers look for in your type of home but can also help you rise above the competition and have your home attract better deals. They also prepare you on how to address your potential buyer’s objections to your house. They can also be quite instrumental in identifying the best house sale listings for your type of home. Plus, if you are selling to buy, they can also advise you about where to get best deals for your dream home.There are several ways to find a qualified realtor, you can get a referral from a trusted friend or use a site like Upnest that lets you compare proposals and save money on commission fees.


Bottom line


The list of to-dos before listing your home for sale can seem demanding and the work load it calls for intimidating. But if you strictly commit to its execution you will most likely get an offer before any of your competition once the house lists on the market.


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