Are you planning to sell your home in the new year? Come January 1st, most people feel a renewed sense of optimism. It’s a great time to channel your energy into checking tasks off of your to-do list—especially those that are complex. Selling a home definitely falls into this category. If you’re planning to put your house on the market in the new year, here are five resolutions you should consider making to stay on track.
1) Set the date
There’s a lot that goes into preparing a home for the market. From setting a list price to decluttering and staging, there are many steps involved. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for sellers to underestimate how long the process will take. The result can be a whole lot of stress. Since the new year is a great opportunity to get organized, why not set a date to list your home? Carefully consider each action you’ll have to take before you can set up your first showing. Create a reasonable timeline—complete with regular milestones—and resolve to stick to it.
2) Cut down on clutter
As the saying goes: out with the old and in with the new. January 1st is the perfect time to start letting go of items you no longer use. For home sellers, this process is absolutely essential. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve accumulated a ton of stuff that you don’t necessarily want to transport to your new house. Long before you start packing your moving boxes, you should start paring down your belongings and bagging up any items that you want to give to charity. Think of it as an opportunity to start fresh!
3) Assess the damage and perform repairs
It’s up to you which major repairs you decide to perform before selling. If there are one or more significant issues with your home, buyers may ask you to factor them into their price during negotiations. Small, easy-to-remedy defects are a different story. Before you put your home on the market, resolve to do an unrushed walk-through. Look for small deficiencies such as chipped paint, tiny holes in your drywall, and faucets that leak. Make a list of these small repairs, and set dates for getting them done.
4) Find the right professionals
To ensure that your home sale goes smoothly, you’ll want to assemble a team of experts. An experienced real estate agent is key, as is a knowledgeable lawyer and a reliable lender. Before you jump into the process, make the decision to do your research. Look for experts who have a track record of success, and take some time to prepare a list of the questions you intend to ask when you interview them.
5) Arrange to keep your home in top condition
If you haven’t listed yet, it may be a while before you have to worry about the condition that your home is in when buyers are touring it. That said, being prepared well in advance can help reduce your stress levels as showings approach. Early on, think about places you can go during last minute showings. If you have kids, make a plan for reducing their messes and getting them packed and out the door at a moment’s notice.
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