The holidays are a wrap, and with the coming of the new year, many people are starting to make their new year’s resolutions. If selling your house is one of your resolutions, you should take steps to prepare your home to sell in the coming year. This preparation will help you get your home ready for the spring/summer season of homebuying, which is a tradition that sees a rise in demand.
Preparing your home for sale in the New Year involves more than just taking down the holiday decor. Before putting your house on the market for the new year, you should:
1. Decide on the listing date
The first step is to decide on a date for when you will put your home on the market. Create a timeline of all the tasks to be completed prior to this. Set deadlines for all tasks starting with the listing date. Setting deadlines for each task can be a great way to motivate yourself to complete all the tasks necessary to present your home in its best light.
2. Hire a REALTOR
A REALTOR(r), will guide you throughout the selling process, and provide a plan to attract potential buyers in order to sell your house for the best price. A REALTOR(r) has a wealth of data and calculators to help them make the best decisions when selling your home.
3. Give your house a deep cleaning
Deep cleaning is more than just vacuuming and dusting. Deep cleaning your home includes steam cleaning carpets, mopping the floors, cleaning the windows both inside and outside, washing the walls to remove stains, and scrubbing bathroom. Consider hiring professional maid and carpet cleaning services to make your home sparkle and shine.
4. Get rid of the clutter
De-cluttering your home will make it appear larger and allow potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Start by cleaning out your closets, cabinets and garages. Donate clothing, and other items that can be used and throw away items that cannot be used or are broken.
5. Update and repair your home.
It may seem like minor things, but squeaky door, running toilets and chipped paint are all signs that your home is not well maintained. Take the time to make minor repairs, such as painting rooms in neutral colors, replacing worn-out carpeting, or updating bathroom and lighting fixtures. This will help you attract buyers and maximize your sale price.
6. Improve curb appeal
Before putting your home on the market, it is important to improve the curb appeal. 94% of REALTORS(r) have recommended that sellers improve curb appeal before listing their home for sale. This is because the exterior of your home is what buyers see first when they pull up. And as the saying goes, you never get a chance to make a good first impression. Painting or replacing your front door, keeping your lawn mowed, trimming overgrown trees and shrubs, and repairing cracked pathways are all things that will improve the curb appeal of the home.
7. Stage it to Sell
Staging your house can help it look its best. According to the National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Staging, 40% of buyers agents stated that staging a house helped buyers visualize it as their future home. 83% of buyers agents agreed. Staging can include rearranging furniture to make rooms look larger, repainting, opening blinds and curtains to let in light, and adding extras such as fresh flowers, fruit bowls in the kitchen, and folded towels in bathrooms.
If selling your home is on your New Year’s Resolutions list, be sure to follow the steps above to prepare it for sale. This preparation will help your home stand out from the millions of homes that are expected to be sold in the coming year.
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