Selling your home is a big step, and if you’re not sure what to be prepared for, it can end up costing you in the long run. The home selling process doesn’t have to be scary, and if you know what to expect, it will be smooth sailing! Take a look at our step-by-step guide to home selling success, so you can get the best dollar for your home!
1. Make It Move-in Ready
Most buyers are looking for homes where they can move in without doing any work on the house. Features like neutral painted walls, finished bathrooms, and updated windows are all things that make it easy for buyers to picture themselves in your home. You may consider renting a storage unit so you can thoroughly de-clutter your space. Also make sure to conduct regular maintenance on your home’s cooling, heating and other systems so they’re in tip top shape for the next owner.
2. Conduct a Home Inspection
Potential buyers will often have a home inspection done before signing a contract, but you can get ahead of the game by conducting one yourself before putting it on the market. This allows you to figure out what needs to be fixed before you sell your home and determine whether there are any major issues with appliances, plumbing/septic, heating or electrical systems.
3. Bring In A Professional Cleaner
Your home should be cleaner than it’s ever been when you’re showing it to potential buyers. Hire a professional cleaner to come in and thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom.
4. Stage Your Home
Staging your home means arranging your decor and furniture in a way that showcases your home in the best light- and it’s very important to the successful sale of a home. It allows buyers to envision themselves in your space, making your home look comfortable and spacious. There are professional stagers you can hire, or if you have an eye for design, you can do the staging yourself!
5. Curb Appeal Counts
When it’s time to sell your home, don’t just focus on the interior. Your curb appeal is the first impression potential buyers get of your home, and it can determine whether they’ll want to step foot inside. Make sure your grass is green and recently cut, trim hedges and shrubs, clean your exterior and paint if you need to. Good curb appeal will attract lots of attention from buyers, so don’t let it fall by the wayside.
6. Prep Your Home For Showings
Working with a professional Realtor®who knows how to highlight the best features of your home is key to home selling success. Make sure to let your Realtor®know which appliances and fixtures are not included with the home so they can let buyers know. Make sure all your walkways are clear, and if you have a pool, make sure the gate is closed. Open curtains and blinds to let as much light in as possible and keep your home well-maintained and uncluttered as long as showings are going on.
7. The Final Details
Your Realtor®will help you handle offers, negotiating with buyers on your behalf. Be sure to connect with us at askNina.com if you’re looking for a Realtor®! Once you’ve accepted an offer, you’ll begin the paperwork process. It’s important to ensure all contingencies, such as inspections and repairs are completed by the deadline. The buyer usually does a final walk-through a few days prior to closing to check the condition of the home. When it’s time to close, you and the buyer will sign the paperwork- they’ll receive the house keys and you’ll receive payment!
Thinking of selling your home? Reach out to us at askNina.com and we would be honoured to meet with you!