6 Home Selling Preparation Tips

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If you are planning to sell your house in the near future, or you are in a position where you need to sell soon, there are certain steps you can take to prepare. Your goal is ultimately to have a smooth selling process while also getting the best return on your investment (i.e., the highest possible selling price). This can be achieved with some strategic preparation for both you and the property itself.

1. Hire a Realtor®

If you have the time to go through the traditional real estate sales process, then one of your first steps should be to hire a real estate agent. You will ultimately be paying them a commission for their services once the sale is complete. However, good real estate professionals should pay for themselves. They will help you prepare the property for the market and attract more potential buyers. They will help guide you through negotiations, counteroffers and contracts. If you are in more of a time crunch and need to sell sooner because of financial distress or other personal reasons, you may want to pursue selling solutions outside of a Realtor®. We’ll cover those a little later.

2. Make Necessary Repairs

If you truly want to get top dollar for your property, you have to make sure it’s in good shape. You may consider a home pre-inspection before selling to identify potential problems with the house. If you know of any significant issues (plumbing leaks, cracks in the foundation, wood rot, termites, etc.), it’s a good idea to take care of them before putting the house on the market. These repairs will cost you some time and money out of pocket, but should be worth the investment if they net you a higher selling price in the end. You are legally required to disclose any known problems with the property when selling. Any major issues found during the final home inspection(s) could delay the sale or allow the buyer to back out.

3. Clean the House

You want your house to look nice potential buyers. It should be thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. Hire a professional cleaning crew if you don’t want to do it yourself. Throw out junk you don’t need, declutter the living spaces and consider a fresh coat of paint in any rooms that need it. Make it look as open and inviting as possible.

4. Depersonalize the House

A key part of the home staging process is “depersonalization.” Buyers want to come into the house and imagine themselves living there. That’s harder to do if your personal decor, photos and other items are everywhere. It’s okay if the house feels lived in. You just don’t want it to feel too much like your house. Opt for neutral colors and depersonalize the living spaces so that the buyer can better visualize their own possibilities.

5. Consider Upgrades

You may want to consider some strategic upgrades like new energy-efficient appliances, smart thermostats and other features that may be appealing to today’s buyers. Invest some money into your property to get a better return.

6. Figure Out Your Next Move

Some home sellers are so focused on selling their house that they forget to plan out what they are doing next. Ideally, you may have already bought a new home are under contract. Maybe you will rent for a little while. It just helps to know your next move before listing your home, so you aren’t stuck figuring it out as you go.

These are good recommendations to home sellers who have the time and money to prepare for a traditional real estate sale. These tips will help you get yourself and your property prepared, so you can experience a smoother sale with a higher selling price.

If you are in a position where you don’t quite have the time and money for all these steps, you may need to consider other home selling alternatives. You may want to work with a real estate investor on a cash home sale. You won’t get as high of a selling price, but you will be able to get your property sold much faster and easier. Sometimes the trade-offs are worth it, and sometimes you may not have many other options.

For all your home selling needs—including a fast and fair cash offer for your house—contact PropertyLark today. Get started by filling out the simple contact form on the right of this page.