My goal with blog posts is to offer helpful tips and information on residential real estate as well as other topics.
This post is designed to help people that have decided to sell their home based on some life event happening in the next few months.
I’ll take Selling My Home for $1000 Alex
The answer is: NOW
What is: When should I start doing “stuff” if I plan to sell my home in 4-6 months
Most people know that selling a home can be both exciting and stressful. I plan to do a few posts offering suggestions that can help alleviate as much of the stress as possible.
By beginning preparation a few months in advance, you should be able to avoid feeling overwhelmed like the person who waits to choose a real estate agent until a month before they are ready to list and then find out they have a laundry list of items to accomplish first.
So first and foremost, I recommend deciding on and hiring an agent. In meeting with him/her, they should be able to help you by identifying problem areas needing attention.
I can only speak for myself, but I would guess agents have a list of contractors to do just about anything needing to be fixed or updated if you need contacts.
So, now you have your agent picked out, excellent! What’s next? Below are a few things that you can begin working on as soon as the decision to sell is made:
- Consider a pre-sale home inspection.
An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before going “live” on the market. If not before, at least you’ll know what to expect once you have a signed contract.
- Organize and clean.
Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and seasonal items. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.
- Get replacement estimates.
Do you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? Find out how much it will cost to repair an older roof or replace worn carpeting, even if you don’t plan to do so. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and they’ll be handy when negotiations begin.
- Locate warranties.
Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. It may seem like this task can be left until closing, but you don’t want lost paperwork or last-minute scrambling to cause the deal to fall through.
- Spruce up the curb appeal.
Walk out to the front of your home, close your eyes, and pretend you’re a prospective buyer seeing the property for the first time. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? What do you see framing the entrance, if anything? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments?
Just a quick note about item #1 on the list. If you list and close with me, I will pay for a pre-sale home inspection.
Also, aside from what has already been said about the benefits of a pre-sale inspection above, there are other advantages.
For instance, through the inspection it is discovered that the furnace is getting ready to go out and needs to be replaced. You decide you’ll wait until the home actually sells before doing the work. With this knowledge, it should be easier to make the decision to accept or counter a submitted offer based on the cost of that repair.
Please feel free to contact me for further information, clarification or to discuss your personal situation.
To Be Continued…………