6 Things to Do Before You Sell Your House

packed boxes in house ready to sell

If you are planning to sell your house soon, you should take the time to prepare yourself and your property. It will reduce some of the stress associated with the process if you are more organized. And, getting the property ready for the market can enable you to get the highest possible selling price—and/or a faster, smoother sale.

Here are 6 tips we recommend to do before you sell your house:

1. Clean and Declutter

A key part of the home selling process is allowing the buyer to imagine what they can do with the house. If there’s a lot of clutter and personal decor around, it’s harder for them to see the possibilities. Pack up your knick-knacks and declutter the living spaces for better buyer appeal. You should also clean the house thoroughly, inside and out, to make it as attractive as possible when listed. Hiring a professional cleaning crew is a great idea to get a true deep clean.

2. Make Repairs

Any simple repairs should be taken care of before you list your house for sale. You will likely want to address any major repairs, as well, if you can afford the work. Any known damage legally must be disclosed by the seller. If not, it could be trouble for you later on during home inspections or when the buyer finds out the hard way after moving in. Making repairs and getting the property in good shape is generally well worth the investment as it will boost the value of the house. A clean house in nice condition will always fetch more than something that looks and feels rundown.

3. Consider Making Some Upgrades

In addition to repairs, there may be some strategic upgrades you can make that could be worth the investment. Look for ways to improve energy efficiency with new appliances, a smart thermostat or better windows/doors/insulation. Consider making these upgrades if the gain in resale value is higher than the cost to get the work done.

4. Plan Your Move

Too many home sellers put their houses up for sale without any real plan in place for where they are moving next. Figure out if you are going to rent or buy a new place. Decide where you want to live if you are moving to a new area. Start packing as much as you can as part of the cleaning/decluttering process. The more you can have lined up in advance, the less stressful the home selling and moving processes will be.

5. Hire a Realtor®

If you want to get the highest selling price, you will generally be best off having a licensed real estate agent on your side. They know the market. They know how to prepare and promote your property. They know how to negotiate with home buyers and their agents. Any cost to hire a Realtor® should ideally be offset by the advantages they offer, including a higher selling price and expertise to help you throughout the process.

6. Explore Your Home Selling Options

How you choose to sell your house may depend on a number of factors, including your financial situation and other personal issues. Some home sellers are in a position where they need to sell as soon as possible. In this case, you may want to avoid the traditional real estate sales process. You may not be able to afford a real estate agent or repairs/upgrades. You can try to sell your house on your own (For Sale By Owner), or you can consider cash offers from real estate investors and home buying companies like PropertyLark. Cash sales can be completed much faster and easier. You may not get as high a selling price, but you will save significantly on out-of-pocket expenses and the deal can be done very quickly.

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future or you need to sell your house as soon as possible, contact PropertyLark today. Let us help you explore your home selling options and make you a fair cash offer if that is something that interests you. To get started, simply fill out the contact form on any page of this site.