The most important factor is to develop a plan. Having a plan is the key to not get yourself out of control and always have the process on track. This means you will have to make some important decisions:
Hiring an professional
Determining when to list
Setting a price
Selecting what to keep and what to leave behind
Staging your home
Plotting your next move
Timing Is Everything
Knowing the right time to sell can make a big difference in both your selling experience and the listing price.
Set Realistic Price
Your home will get the most buyer exposure immediately after it’s listed, so pricing it right at the start is important. By pricing it even a little too high and you could miss out on your best group of buyers. If you price it too low, you are risking to leaving money on the table. Think of your agent as a trusted adviser, especially about pricing and marketing your home. You want some one smart, communicative and with extensive understanding of the local market. If you’re thinking about selling your home without an agent, be prepared because all the decisions will be yours alone.
Look At Your Home From Buyer's Perspective
Remember what made you want to buy your place. You’re going to need to leave behind your emotions and make tough, reality-based decisions about improving, pricing and marketing. Your agent will likely suggest things to fix or refresh. Exterior photos are usually the first thing to pop up on for sale home listings, and it’s the first thing a buyer sees. To make an important first impression, power wash the driveways and sidewalks and add some seasonal plants to pots and garden beds.
Get Ready For Visitors
Shifting your mindset from homeowner to home seller will also help you decide which belongings to keep, store, sell or give away. You may have some pieces might be perfect for staging your home; your agent can offer advice and even connect you with a professional home stager to help make those decisions. Decluttering your space is essential so home shoppers can envision making the space their own. If you plan to live in your home while it’s on the market, you’ll have to keep it spotless and show ready. The better your home looks, quicker it sells.
Set Your Priorities
Make sure you and your agent know what’s important to you: Closing deal quickly? Getting right price for your home? Is your closing cost minimum? You might not be able to have it all, so factoring in all these conditions before you list your home will make it easier to evaluate offers.
Think About What's Next
If you’re planning to buy your next home, remember to get pre-approved early so you have an edge in the market. And know that there’s no easy answer to the question of which comes first, the buying or the selling.
Ask for a Free Home Evaluation
A well-priced home will generate competing offers and drive up the final sale value. Book a free phone conversation to discuss how I can provide you with a detailed evaluation based on local active and sold properties.