Thinking of selling your home in new year? Here are five resolutions you can make your own to make the selling process go more smoothly!
#1) PLEDGE TO AVOID DRASTIC CHANGES IN DESIGN.
Think: neutral. Unless the "drastic change" you're considering is giving up a bold color palette in favor of a more neutral one, shy away from trying to anticipate what buyers want, design-wise when considering selling your home. Design and décor are such personal choices; your changes should involve simplifying, depersonalizing, and neutralizing, so potential buyers can picture themselves in your home with their own belongings, families, and design choices.
#2) PROMISE TO TACKLE THAT "HONEY DO" LIST.
You know all those repairs you've been sweeping under the rug, including the ones you see as minor or inconsequential? A buyer may view them differently. Go ahead and take care of those repairs now, before you decide to sell your home — things like leaks, fogged windows, cracks in walls, and even burned-out light bulbs. Tackling them now can help sidestep inspection surprises and avoid buyer thoughts of “what else might be wrong?”
#3) RESOLVE TO PRICE YOUR HOME REASONABLY.
Most sellers think their home is worth more than their neighbors' – especially if they have invested in upgrades over the course of your ownership. You may be right — the value may be there! However, the only way to really know the value of your home in the current real estate market is to compare your home against recent sales of similar homes in the area (think: homes in your neighborhood, of similar size and age, that have sold within the past 12 months). As a REALTOR®, I can help you analyze the data, look at your home's features objectively, think like an appraiser and a buyer, and reach a competitive price that reflects what your home is worth in the current, local real estate market.
#4) COMMIT TO DECLUTTERING.
Before the For Sale sign goes up in your yard, your home should be clutter-free. Moving is a great way to simplify your life and get rid of things you haven't used in years, but if you're selling a home, that process needs to happen before you list! Donate, throw away, or sell things you don't want, and move the things you can't bear to part with into storage. And don't forget about your closets! Pare down closet clutter by half, so that your home appears to have plentiful storage. Jam-packed closets give the impression that storage is limited even if that's not the case.
#5) SWEAR TO CLEAN AS YOU'VE NEVER CLEANED BEFORE.
Under, behind, around, and in between. Clean, clean clean! Major surfaces and high-traffic areas often get the most attention, but a discerning, picky buyer will also notice the dust on top of the refrigerator, the slats in the window blinds, and the cobwebs behind the guest-room door? When in doubt (or out of time), hire a professional cleaner to do a deep-clean prior to listing so that your only job becomes maintaining that clean.