There are many reasons why people decide to sell their homes – upgrading from a starter home, downsizing after the kids move out, or simply moving closer to a new job. No matter what yours is, start by planning your sale. This is going to take time and effort, so The Massey Team highly recommends sellers to check out the following helpful timeline for selling a home. Continue reading to learn more!
Planning the Sale
Do you have an idea of when you would like to sell your home? Timing is everything and, according to Bankrate, the best time to sell a house is… June! The warm summer months entice potential buyers to leave their own residences in search of new opportunities.
Three Months Out
Interview (And Hire) a Real Estate Agent
The earlier you start meeting real estate agents, the better chance you have at finding the right person for you. Look for an experienced agent who can make the entire process as stress free as possible. Local teams, like us, are especially beneficial since we understand the surrounding area and market you are selling in.
Determine an Asking Price
Here’s where hiring an agent will come in handy – determining an asking price. They have the tools to tell you exactly what your home is worth and how to avoid settling for less. A few other factors that will assist you include:
- The original value of your home.
- The values of neighboring homes.
- Any costs to you during the sale.
Two Months Out
Make Essential Home Renovations
The best part about beginning this process around March is that spring is right around the corner. As the temperature rises, it will be easier to focus on home renovations including repairs, paint jobs, and much more. Consider scheduling an appointment with a professional home inspector or managing a few do it yourself projects that to add value to your home. Essential projects will include electric, plumbing, and landscaping.
One Month Out
To stage your home, start by decluttering as much as possible. Next, organize your furniture to open up your space and make it appear inviting. Take down your family photos and have a loved one watch your pets. Finally, treat the place to a deep clean by vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, and dusting. Keeping your home clean moving forward is a crucial part of staging. As another option, you can always hire professionals for staging and cleaning.
One Week Out
In order to maintain a properly staged home, pack your bags and start staying somewhere else. This will benefit you and potential buyers – they can stop by whenever, while you don’t have to worry about adjusting your schedule.
Take High-Quality Photos
Pictures are the most enticing part for those who are hunting for homes. While descriptions are also important, the images you provide can make or break a deal. Avoid highlighting any damages and never use Photoshop. People want to know what to expect when browsing and can see the rest when they drop by for a visit.
Prepare for Negotiations
While the summertime market will benefit sellers more than buyers, homeowners should anticipate negotiations. Agents will be the ones who receive offers and make counter offers. If you choose, you can play hardball by countering at your list price, rejecting an offer, or even creating a bidding war.
List Your Home
Rely on your real estate agent to list your home in all the right places. Through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, The Massey Team can post your home using Multiple Listing Services (MLS) technology.
All that’s left is to schedule open houses, listen to offers, and accept the one that works best for you. Timelines aside, you may be ready to move out right away. If you can no longer wait, call 618-791-9298 and ask for Mark or Diana Massey.