9 Crucial Steps to Take Before Listing Your Home on the Market

painting wallWhen you decide that you want to put your home on the market, it can be both very exciting and also very stressful. There are several factors that go into successfully selling a home, including pricing, visual appeal, and location, just to name a few. Even though the process is much easier with a trusty real estate agent by your side, it can be quite overwhelming if you’re not sure what to do.

No need to stress! Just read the following 9 items below to help you have a good idea about what you need to do before putting your house on the market.

Find the Right Agent – Before putting your house on the market, you will want to find a trustworthy real estate agent to help you through the process. Your agent will help you figure out the necessary steps to take (they can even do a walk-through of your house to give you suggestions for repairs or improvements to help you sell faster), so be sure to find a reliable agent first!

Have a Down Payment Ready – Whether you’re paying a 20% down payment or something lower or higher, you will want to make sure that you have some money set aside for the new home you will be purchasing. If you have equity in your current home, you can access that once you’ve found a buyer.

Get Your Financing Together – When it comes to getting your financial house in order, finding a reputable lender to get pre-approved for your next purchase is the way to go. Research what banks, brokers, credit unions, and other qualified lenders are offering to see which would be the best for you.

Understand Your Local Market – That’s right, when you put your house on the market, you need to know what’s going on in your local real estate market! Are houses selling like hotcakes, or have they been on the market for a long time, even for reasonable prices? Read up on what’s going on around you and keep open lines of communication with your real estate agent.

Do Necessary Repairs – Now that you have the monetary parts of the plan in place, it’s time to do some repairs to make your home look the best it can. Even minor repairs and upgrades can help make your home look stunning to a potential homebuyer! Consider replacing old worn-out doorknobs, upgrading boring bathroom fixtures, patching and painting any walls that may require it, and sprucing up your curb appeal with beautiful, easy-maintenance plants and flowers to make your home look irresistible!

De-Clutter – No one likes walking through a home with too much stuff lying around. Make your home neat and tidy by de-cluttering your rooms and closets. Put away the knick-knacks, the overflowing stacks of DVDs and video games, and mountains of papers to give your home a clean, inviting look. Consider putting some of your things and furniture in a storage unit for the time begin in order to stage your home perfectly for the potential buyers!

Maintain Good Curb Appeal – We mentioned curb appeal a few points back, and we’re mentioning it here again because it is that important! The first impression is always the most important, and that’s why you’ll want to make sure that your lawn is looking lively and elegant. Touch up any peeling exterior paint, put away any lawn tools or toys that may be lying in the middle of the yard, and make sure that your plants are pruned and well-maintained. Good curb appeal will make buyers want to come inside to see more!

Take Yourself Out of the Equation – Look around when you walk into your home, and we mean really look around. Do you see a lot of your personality in your home? Chances are you might, and while that’s great for you, it’s not the best for your prospective buyer. They will have a harder time seeing themselves living in your home if you have lots of personal photos and knickknacks lying around. Do your best to box up your personal things to help provide a neutral, elegant setting for your potential homebuyer to browse.

Clean, Clean, Clean (and Keep It That Way!) – Before you announce that your home is for sale, you’d better make sure that your home is spotless! Don’t just dust and vacuum – deep clean your home! The potential buyers will be looking around everywhere, and a clean home is much more appealing than a dirty, cob-webby home. The work doesn’t stop once you’ve cleaned your home. You will want to make sure that you keep it clean while it’s on the market. You never know when someone will want to look at your home!

Remember our first big task that we mentioned at the beginning of this post? The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help with that! Check us out online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com or call us to get started at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298.