When you begin to think about potentially listing your home for sale, a million and one thoughts and ideas run through your head. What is the first step? What do you absolutely need to do, or what can you skip over? Well, everyone is different, but here are a few steps that I recommend when getting ready to sell your home:
Hire A Great Realtor
The first step that you need to do when getting ready to sell your home is finding a great realtor. Your real estate agent should be able to give you tips and tricks on what you need to do, so that you are not clueless. They see many houses each and every day and know what really needs to be done and what can be skipped over. In addition, your agent will help you set a price for your home based on your specific home, as well as the homes that have sold around you. Throughout the entire process, your real estate agent is the one constant support system that you will have, so you will really want to find someone who not only makes the process straightforward for you but someone that has a deep understanding of selling and buying homes, such as Erin King Jax Historic Realty.
“Erin, who previously worked in financial services and holds an MBA with an economics focus, brings a deep understanding of buying and selling historic homes. He enjoys sharing that knowledge with clients, from how to fit a 21st-century lifestyle into a historic home and where to seek financing for renovation with a home purchase, to accurately pricing homes in Historic Districts such as Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, Murray Hill, and San Marco. Erin, who prides himself on close attention to detail and quick response to clients, has put together a support team of contractors and other professionals who help transactions go smoothly.” He was not only featured as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Jacksonville Real Producers Magazine, but he is also a Best of Zillow® REALTOR®.
Erin King is a wealth of knowledge in person and provides a lot of information on his website, as well, such as answers to some common questions such as, “When should I sell,” and “How do I optimize my fiances?” Hiring a great realtor is your number one step when it comes to buying or selling a home, so find one that is knowledgeable, specializes in your area, and takes the time to answer your questions and concerns.
Consider Getting An Inspection
One thing that you might want to consider is getting an inspection done yourself so that you know what to expect. This will give you a heads up so that you can prioritize the items that you need to fix or work on yourself. Hopefully, the inspection report comes back clean, but if it does not, at least you have ample time to fix the issues!
Fix Any Unsightly Issues
With that being said, fix any issues that can be spotted from first glance. If you walked into a home and saw doors falling off the hinges and tile coming up off of the floors, you would probably skip over them, unless you were specifically looking for a fixer-upper. The same goes for everyone that is looking at your home, so you want to make sure it looks nice when you walk in and around the home. After you fix the unsightly issues, you can work on the inspection report issues (if you had an inspection done).
Take Down Personal Pictures
This tip is an older one and now, some real estate agents recommend leaving your personal pictures up, so get your agents advice and listen to it, but be ready to take those pictures down if they tell you to. The idea behind this is that the couple (or family) looking at the house walks in and imagines themselves living there – not another family. However, if you have pictures of your family having fun and making memories in and around the home, they could relate to that, as well.
Spruce Up Your Yard
Curb appeal is extremely important when it comes to selling your home. A lot of the time, potential buyers do drive-bys of the homes that they are considering looking at. If the outside of your home looks run down, they will not even schedule an appointment to view the home. Do yourself a favor and at least cut the grass and maybe even plant a couple of flowers.