If you’ve ever sold a home before, you know that calling it “one of life’s most stressful experiences” is almost an understatement. It can feel overwhelming, especially when you factor in the fact that you’re usually also simultaneously looking for another house. Add in decluttering, packing, plus the emotional difficulty involved in letting go of a house you’ve created memories in… and it can turn you off from moving altogether.
However, the upside of selling a home is that once you decide to put it on the market, it becomes no different than any other investment: it is a way for you to maximize your return and improve your financial future.
What really needs to be on your checklist to get your house ready to sell? Here are the only 7 items experts say should be on your pre-listing checklist:
- Research the market
Answer some preliminary questions:
- What are homes in your area selling for?
- Is it currently considered a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?
- What home features are popular with homes on the market?
- Factor in the financial implications
First, establish your objective. What do you hope will happen with your home sale? What kind of home do you want to buy next? Then look at the numbers. If you develop a plan that you believe will financially benefit you, then move forward! Plan for the best, prepare for the worst. Just in case.
- Address any immediate issues
- Leaky faucets
- Cracked windows
- Missing roof shingles
- Broken hinges
For your home to sell at the maximum price, you have to be able to guarantee full functionality during open houses. Don’t give the buyers any reason to doubt your home’s structure.
- Start prepping your home for market
This is where things switch from hypothetical to “okay this is getting real” and many homeowners start to feel overwhelmed at this stage. The key is to stay organized!
For more tips on how to take your home to market (and maximize profit off your sale!) get the rest of the tips here.