2020 was the year you may have put off your goal to sell your home. Or maybe this is the year to convince you to sell your home – buyers are in full force in a property market that is still thriving. Whether you are planning a listing in the spring or have a longer time frame, these are the decisions you need to make for a successful sale in 2021.
Inspect your home’s condition
Whether it’s the constant creak of a staircase, a popcorn ceiling that screams the 90s, or just cracks you’re not sure about, there are a number of small and large issues that affect the health of your home. A fresh perspective can help you open your eyes to things that you don’t see as problems or don’t want to think of them as problems. Call a friend to join you on the tour, room by room, to spot anything that needs to be refreshed, or requires renovation or replacement.
Consider your finances
Selling a home is not costly. Your agent will receive a commission after the sale of your home, but there are other expenses that you will have to budget for, such as improvements and renovations. Then there is another financial consideration: buying your next home. Find a weekend break to review your current balances and expenses, budget for your sale, estimate your contingency fund in case you need to choose a rental if your home is selling fast, and check your credit score.
Even if budgeting is not an issue, you don’t want to end up investing more in improvements than you get when you sell your home. This does not mean that you should only focus on projects that usually have a good return on investment (like remodeling your bathroom and kitchen). Instead, find a balance between inexpensive projects that bring out the best in your home (fixing glaring issues, replacing carpets, repainting rooms) and enhancements that can add value, if possible.
Fix the pest issues if any
If you start to take note that there are several “roommates” like mice or other insects in your house, it’s time to hire a professional exterminator. This person will give you an idea of possible places where pests can get – vents, cracks, or holes on the outside or in the ceiling that you may not have noticed. These are the same places where summer pests appear, so try to fix them before you spot a group of various insects in your open house.
Enhancing curb appeal
The decision to make improvements to resume the constraint can help you get started when you’re ready. Take a photo of your home and make a note of how it makes an impression. Do you need a new coat of paint? Are the gutters in good condition? Can laundry siding have good durability? Make a list and then create a temporary schedule for any professional you need to hire.
De-clutter your space
Get rid of the old to continue working with the new. January often inspires you to do a big cleaning anyway, so plan to take on a big project to get rid of problems when you’re already in the right mood to get rid of things. However, the process of selling a home goes much deeper than throwing away your clothes and toys. The fewer items in your home, the better and more spacious it will look to the potential buyers.
Property Portal/Realtor search
When you want to sell a home, you try looking for a realtor you can trust. However, the agent’s experience is also important. Decide to interview multiple realtors before moving on to one. Be sure to ask if they primarily work with buyers or sellers, their track record of local sales, and their home selling strategy.
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