Ready to Sell? Take These 10 Steps to Get Started

If you’re looking to sell your home, whether it is a place you’ve outgrown or it has become too big, there are some things you should do before that first open house to make sure it sells.

  1. Don’t store the clutter in your closets. Closets are one of your home’s biggest selling points, and buyers won’t be able to adequately see the space if you’ve packed it full of all your things. Instead, rent a storage unit for things you don’t use every day.
  2. Hire a professional to stage your house. When looking at photographs of homes on the market, rooms that are almost empty, but have odds and ends lying around are depressing and give off the wrong vibe. A home stager knows what a buyer wants to see, not only for open houses, but also for listing photos. Even if you opt out of such a service, your realtor can also be helpful here because they will see your home with a fresh eye.
  3. Find the right real estate agent. Your cousin’s friend might be a real estate agent, but they may not be the right person to sell your home. It is best to locate one that knows your neighborhood and understands what is great about your house…and what’s not. Check reviews, and make sure that the homes they are selling are staged in a way that makes them appear warm and inviting.
  4. Do your own home promotion. Social media is a great place to let people know that your home is for sale. Include photographs for added impact. You may also want to alert friends and family, because you never know who might be in the market for a new home.
  5. Don’t get personal. Your family photos and memorabilia should be removed from your home. The people who are buying are looking for a home that suits their family, and it won’t feel like home to them with your family photos on the wall.
  6. Do upgrades if needed. If something looks dingy – light fixtures, a shower curtain, rugs or the kitchen sink – replace them if you can. If you have a bathtub surround that’s been there since the 1970s, maybe it’s time to replace it. The impact will be huge, and the payback immense.
  7. A professional cleaner can do wonders. Consider hiring a professional cleaner to find the dirt you may have missed.
  8. Lighten up. If your home is dark because there aren’t as many windows as you’d like, add lamps to dark rooms and pull back the curtains. Everyone likes a bright room. A lighter color paint can also give off a light, fresh vibe.
  9. Curb appeal is everything. Some people will drive right past if the outside of your home is depressing. Add plants, pressure wash the house, paint weathered trim and shutters and upgrade fixtures to brighten things up. You may even consider a bold color for a front door, just to capture attention.
  10. Sell when the time is right. Spring and summer are the best times to sell your home, but that is common knowledge to real estate agents. The market will be flooded with homes, so it will be a buyers’ market. That means you need to make sure the price is right – compare it to similar homes in your area – so that you aren’t pricing yourself out of the market.

Lastly, consider working with a real estate attorney to make sure your legal documents are in place. The Auricchio Law Offices are committed to making real estate great again, so give us a call if you’re looking to sell your home to see how we can make the process as smooth as possible for you and your family.

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