Buying a new home is a huge investment and its hard to imagine that one day you will move on but eventually circumstances change and people outgrow their homes or decide to downsize to a more manageable size home. There are a lot of reasons people decide to move but the steps to prepare your home for the market stay similar no matter what reason you have to move.
Selling your home can be an emotional process but in the end it is still an investment and a business deal. Preparing your home for others to view is a big process but it can really pay off and is important for getting the most money for your home. There are several methods to help get the most money for your home that we will outline below. In the end the market will dictate the price of your home and a quality realtor can help set your expectations accordingly.
First, prepare a budget for repairs and updates. When selling your home you will probably find a few projects that you have been putting off that are now important to do. Fixing holes in walls, patching paint, replacing leaking shower heads, and other small projects can help sell your home. Some other projects like painting the front door, planting fresh flowers and updating light fixtures may cost a little more but really pay off.
Next, hire a good quality realtor. A good realtor can make a huge difference in how stressful your home selling process is. A realtor will help advertise your home, advise on any necessary fixes and negotiate deals. A great realtor is worth the money you spend. If you can find a realtor that specializes in your area they will be a valuable asset.
Decluttering is the next big step. Decluttering your space is a hugely important part of preparing to sell. You will want to declutter the closets and cupboards to help potential buyers really see the bones of your home. Additionally, you will want to take down personal items, remove pictures and make the home feel less like yours. This step is hard but it is really important for letting buyers visualize themselves in your home.
If you have lived in a house for a long time you may want to hire a professional junk hauler. You will be amazed by how much stuff has accumulated that you no longer need. Junk haulers can remove all sorts of items ranging from everyday trash to furniture, appliances and even auto parts.
In the end selling your home takes some attention to detail, the right salesperson and some cleaning. It is not as daunting as it sounds but if you cannot find the time to declutter hiring a professional is a great asset.
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