Selling your home? Do you know where you are going? Do you know how much you will most likely net from the sale? Is this your first time selling?
These are all things to consider when you are thinking about moving. The process of an upgrade or a downsize can be very hectic if you don’t have the advice from a professional. Start the process with an in person meeting at your home. Request the agent to share the comparable sales in your area to better understand why your home meets a certain market price. The agent will be able to give you an estimate on a net sheet so that you can prepare to build or buy your new home. Also, be sure to consult your lender to be sure you are solid to start the process of an upgrade to know your TRUE buying POWER! See the lender section on my website to view my preferred lenders.
Seller Tips & Tricks:
- Paint over any loud colors such as red before putting your home up for sale. I know it is just paint, but the way it makes people feel is a different story. I recommend using a primer especially with darker colors. Try KILZ!
- Curb appeal is everything. The first 15 seconds walking from your car to the house should be very pristine. Landscaping with new mulch, flowers, or rock will help get traffic into your home, which is how you bring offers to the table.
- Be sure your home is ready for professional photography provided by Porch Pics.
- Clean out clutter, take down personal pictures, and put away your belongings. Make all of your storage spaces and closets look open and airy, creating the feel of having enough storage. Get some good staging & organization advice from the wonderful, Mikaela Rios with Imagine Gurus.
- Decide whether you want to do certain repairs up front to save you more money in the long run. Once you are under contract with a buyer, you have to hire professionals to do the repairs that the lender and buyer may require and request.
- Be aware of what loan types you are able to accept and what the different fees are associated with those.
- Know what your bottom line will be. Educate yourself and utilize your Realtor® for advice.
- Consider hiring a professional cleaning company and a professional carpet and tile cleaning service. These will help alleviate your time doing all of the other odds and ends to get your home prepared.
- If you have not been living in the home you are selling, consider getting a pre-inspection by a local handyman or local licensed inspector of your choice to be sure you are aware of what you are selling. The more disclosure the better.
- Always ask your Realtor® for industry specific referrals for tree trimmers and more!