Prepping your home for sale can take time. You want your home to put its best foot forward when it comes to listing day. Here are five things you can do now to start getting your home ready for sale.
Make repairs. Buyers want to know they are buying a home that has been well-maintained. Obvious maintenance issues, like leaking faucets or running toilets, are usually inexpensive repairs that can be easily fixed. Make all major and minor repairs before listing so potential buyers are not scared away by a mounting repair list.
Declutter. Remove excess items from your home so that it seems warm and inviting. This also gives potential buyers the ability to see themselves living in the home, not just accumulated possessions that belong to someone else.
Stage. Put away family photos and personal effects that are unique to your family. You want your home to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. Opt for neutral paint colors, decor and accessories so your home is a blank canvas that buyers can see themselves moving into with their own belongings.
Interview real estate agents. A good real estate agent will help you navigate all aspects of the home selling process. They can give you tips on accomplishing the above list, help you price your home to sell, and handle any contract negotiations. Make sure to choose someone you know you will enjoy working with.
Interview mortgage lenders. If you’re planning to buy a new home when this one sells, you may need a mortgage. Before starting your new home search, speak with a mortgage professional. They can help you get prequalified and provide an estimate of how much home you can afford so you can budget accordingly.