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Steps to Listing your Home:
- Meet with a Realtor of your preference for a consultation
- Determine the current Market Value of your home
- Get your current balance for payoff if a loan exists to help the agent determine your net profit possibilities
- Declutter your living space
- Make any repairs needed or updates within a reasonable budget of the resale values for your area
- Prepare a list of details about the house and any disclosures that are required by law to be shared with potential buyers
- Getting an appraisal is recommended if your home is located on a rural tract or not in a subdivision
- Get a termite inspection & establish an annual service contract
- Clean flowerbeds / add remove plants as needed for curb appeal
- Prep home for professional pictures of your living space to appeal to potential buyers
- Complete legal documents with your preferred Real Estate Agent to advertise and market the sale of your home.
- List house -- keep it clean, fresh smelling, and neat for showings to be scheduled as potential buyers request
A Seller's goal is to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Often times when attempting to prepare for the sale of a home, seller's tend to be overly attached to their property because they've lived in the home and customized it to what they see as a great living space. For this reason many sellers misjudge on what an accurate selling price realistically should be. Real Estate Agents help with this issue by taking time to get accurate comps based not on sentimental values, but on the aspects of pricing values based on the current housing market for homes similar to yours. A good starting place when preparing to sell as a homeowner, is to consider removing personal items that distract from the potential buyers focus on the home you are offering for sale. Such things as custom paint colors if too harsh can detract from the size and space of a room. Hence, it is always a good idea to utilize neutral mild colors to present a clean fresh slate for the buyer. Removing all clutter outside of customary furniture will make your space look much larger and visible for the potential buyer to get an idea of what they can fit into the space. Also, while your favorite sports team paraphernalia may be great collectors items, these items should be limited as well as excessive amounts of items that reflect your political and religious views. Remember the goal is to focus attention on the potential of your home for the new owner's ideas and preferences. While it is not necessary to completely erase your personal touches decreasing them to a reasonable amount is a good idea. If you have pets it is also a good idea to make sure you clean their living spaces a little more than usual and if possible make arrangements for them to be put in one safe space for showings or even consider taking them with you during showings. While most pet lovers do not smell odors of their pets since they are familiar with them, a potential buyer often notices these scents more readily. Consider use of candles or some other forms of air fresheners during your listing and showing appointments to make your home more appealing. Lastly, most families have active lives, and it may be tempting for a seller to want to stay home during a showing. While leaving your home for showing appointments may be an inconvenience at times, it is imperative that the buyer has the needed space and comfort of viewing the property with a sense of freedom to ask questions while with their agent to get your home sold.
If you have decided it is time to sell your home either to relocate to a larger one or downsize to a smaller one.....a few months before your move date would be a good time to call for your first consult with your preferred agent!