So you want to sell your home...here are some tips for things to do first.
Look around your home with a friend.Are there areas that need to be decluttered?
Everyone has that one area that is a catch-all. We throw our mail there, maybe some out-of-date magazines are stacked up, even some receipts that we don't even know why we are keeping. We also have closets that we have been meaning to clean out but just haven't quite gotten around to doing yet. If you look through your house with a friend by your side, you will probably notice more areas that need to just be decluttered or cleaned. This is a good opportunity to take on those tasks.
Interview some real estate agents.You are going to be working very closely with your agent. You want someone that you like and that will market your home appropriately. When you invite an agent to come for an interview, you will want to listen to their suggestions for staging your home, ask questions about the agent's marketing strategies, and look at the agent's market analysis and net sheet. The net sheet will show you a close approximation of the cost of selling your home and how much money you might receive at closing. After interviewing two or three, pick the agent that you believe you can work closely with and that has provided you with the most detailed information about the process.
Get packing!You are going to move, right? Might as well start packing! You might want to start with any collections that you have. You do not want to leave anything out that is precious to you. So, just pack them up. Potential buyers will want to see a clean, clutter-free home. They like to imagine themselves living there so get as many of your personal items packed up as you can. We realize that you still want to live and feel at home in your space but your ultimate goal is to move and start a new journey of your own.
If your home is not showing....Homes generally don't sell quickly if they do not show well (kept clean and tidy), are not in a prime location, or are priced too high. You don't have control over the location of the home. But, you can control the presentation of the home and the selling price. Be sure to call your agent and see what she suggests.