Deciding to sell your home is an exciting step, but often people are left with many questions: what do we do first? What can we do to increase the likelihood of meeting our asking price? What improvements should we do before we list? Is the market prime for selling? Does time of the year matter? Things might seem a little overwhelming at first, but we’re here to tell you to take a deep breath and relax, because with a little planning and preparation, the process can be a lot easier than you think.
Selling your home can seem daunting. Here are some helpful tips to get you started
Take a look below at our tips for selling your home that’ll help take the stress out of the selling process.
A little research goes a long way.Take a look at sites around your location to see what the housing market looks like in your city. The National Association of Realtors has a lot of handy data to help you see what the housing market is doing in your area. This will help you determine if the time is right to list your home or if you should wait a little while. It’ll also help you figure out how to price your home and evaluate its worth.
Give your home a little refresh.Before you list is the perfect time to tend to those projects around the house that can really help add to your home’s desirability for buyers. Simple changes like changing the paint colors, getting the carpets cleaned, modernizing your space, staging, and landscaping the yard are all relatively inexpensive tasks that can really help push your selling price over the edge.
Depersonalize and declutter.Since you’ll be moving soon anyway, start packing away your extraneous belongings early on. If a home is cluttered or overfilled, that can be a turn off to potential buyers. Now’s the time to really embrace minimalist design. You want to give buyers a feel for the space while also giving them the freedom to imagine how it will look when they buy it, which can be hard to do with pictures of your family everywhere.
Pick a trustworthy real estate agent.Your real estate agent is your secret weapon when it comes to selling your home. They’ve seen what works (and what doesn’t) at other properties, and can help give you advice for what changes need to be made within your home. Your agent is also a fountain of knowledge! Feel free to consult your agent with questions about the housing market, your home, pricing, and anything else you can think of that will help take the stress out of selling your home.
Familiarize yourself with the fine print.Selling your home is a lot more than just finding a buyer and exchanging money. There are very nuanced tax laws, housing laws, HOA regulations, and other steps that will need to be taken during the sales process, so you should take the time to do research on those things as well. If you need help understanding what the process will look like, be sure to consult your agent. Talk to your accountant and lawyer as well and make sure there aren’t any issues on your end that you need to worry about before selling. And of course, get all your paperwork together!
The more you can do ahead of time to prepare yourself and your home for a sale, the better!
Still have unanswered questions? Contact NV Realty Group today. Our local experts are here to answer any questions you may have and help you get the best price for your home.