I Want To Sell My Home Before 2022. Where Do I Start?
With only a few months left in the year, there is no better time than now to meet a few of your 2021 goals before 2022 begins.
If one of them includes selling your home, then you’ve come to the right place. Selling your home in a brief time can seem overwhelming, especially when you're juggling many other responsibilities in your life. After all, it involves clearing out, possibly staging your home, gathering necessary paperwork, and getting your home ready to show for potential buyers.
Hiring a professional, a real estate agent, will help guide you through all of that and keep you in high spirits during the process. Real Estate should be fun, not stressful!
Keep reading to learn the critical steps to getting your home ready for sale!
1. Decluttering and Staging
The first (and biggest) step to preparing your home for sale is to declutter and stage your house. This can be time-consuming, so make sure you have plenty of hands to help!
Begin decluttering one room at a time, starting with the room you use the least and working your way up to the room you use the most. Do the same in the garden or yard. During this process, you may notice some fencing that needs repairs, or part of an exterior that needs re-painting, so make sure you note these and get working on them as soon as possible, hiring professionals ahead of time if necessary. Note however that right now Fall of 2021, it's a very strong seller's market, so you do not need a perfect home to sell for a very high price. The most important part is to remove a lot of items and get your home very, very clean!
The house may need a professional cleaning service, and your real estate agent will guide you on this, but leave this as the last thing you do before you put your home up for sale. Along those lines, don't neglect the windows and window tracts. This too can be hired out. Buyer notice, so you should too.
By the end of the cleaning and decluttering stage, your house should not just look show-ready. Fresh flowers will definitely add some liveliness and freshness to your property, which will go a long way towards a successful sale! Don't use air fresheners though, as this just makes the buyer wonder why are they using so many of these.... If you have an odor you are concerned with, ask your real estate agent how to resolve it properly. Don't cover it up! You will be responsible for it even after closing if you hide things from the buyer!
Staging your home may include tidying up the garden bed in the front yard, adding decor to the interior, and/or rearranging furniture. A well-staged home can raise the sale price by 5-10 percent, so take your time to do it properly. Your real estate may offer staging as a service or be able to make recommendations here as well. This is negotiated when you hire your agent, so be sure to discuss this with them if you want this done. Some agents its include it, while other agents charge for it as it can easily run $1500+ for a professional stager with furniture. Note: Most homes can just be tweaked to improve feel for much less.
A real estate agent can help with all of this and give you an opinion of improvements to better the look and feel of your home, but know in the end its your decision to make; after all it's your home.
2. Pricing the Home to Sell
So now that you've prepared your home to go on the market, you need to come up with a price. This is when you need a real estate agent. They have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to help sell your home for the best potential profit.
Real estate agents can also help with:
- Marketing your home - this is an absolutely necessary part of achieving a profitable sale. Without proper marketing, your home will not get the right type of attention from the right buyers. A real estate agent is an expert in the process for selling a home and how to prevent or resolve issues as they arrive, not marketing or how to utilize all the tools and platforms out there. Many claim to be experts in marketing, but they are not. They take classes for a few hours and then do their best, but the best agents partner with professional marketing companies to provide these services at no additional charge to you!
- Navigating paperwork - ah, paperwork, the least exciting part of the entire process! Luckily, a real estate agent knows which forms to use when and for what purpose and how to fill them out. If you forget this form or that one when selling you could be opening yourself to a lawsuit or even having an invalid sale of your home...yikes!
- Selling your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time - let's be honest, selling your home can be an emotional event. If you are very emotional, the rational part of your brain actually shuts off! You are more prone to making mistakes based on fear of loss and other negative emotions. Your agent is there to notice this and guide you to help keep things calm so you can make the best decision for your family.
3. Keeping Your Home Show-Ready
Preparing your home so that it is show-ready is one big milestone in selling your home, but keeping it that way is also equally important. Ensure that the weeks and days leading up to putting your home on the market that you treat it as if it's already someone else's. Maintenance and regular check-ups of different rooms and areas of your house should be one of your top priorities before putting it up for sale. If you have a large family, this can be a lot of work, so be sure to assign tasks to all family members to try to spread the load out. Where possible it might be a good idea to stay with a friend or even stay in a local motel for the weekends just to keep your home perfect and your stress much, much lower.
4. Hiring a Real Estate Agent
The benefits of hiring a real estate agent are limitless. Hiring a real estate agent will take an enormous weight off your shoulders and allow you to sleep peacefully at night, knowing that a professional is out there looking out for your best interest and doing everything thing they can to prevent bumps in the road, but when they show up, calmly advise you as to the situation and present options for you to consider and then implement the solution. Real estate agents are professionals, in part due to their training but more so because of their experience selling and buying real estate every day. It matters!
We're here to help.
Putting your home up for sale is one of the biggest life transitions. With a real estate agent, you'll have peace of mind knowing that an expert is at work getting your home on the market and sold for the best value in the shortest amount of time.