As ready as you may be to get out and get started on a new adventure with your family, you shouldn’t rush posting the listing of your house without following several crucial steps. Selling your home can be easy with the right preparation and strategy. If you think you’re finally ready to sell your house, follow this checklist to help get the best price for your home.
Step One: Work With the Right Agent
It sounds simple, but it’s really easier said than done. Looking for an agent that will understand your goals and is determined to deliver the results requires research and a careful vetting process. Work with a real estate team that will guide you through the critical steps of selling your home, including pricing your property appropriately, thorough preparation for showings, utilizing expert-level advertising strategies, and most importantly, keeping you sane in a hot market!
To feel confident in your decision, ask the right questions. Here are a few things you should consider discussing with your prospective agent:
- Is real estate their full-time job? It’s also worth asking about the status of their licensure and their experience with the market
- The marketing strategy for your home
- References and availability
- Any additional fees to consider
Step Two: Time to Talk About Money
You can’t just snap your fingers and post a listing—especially in less-than-ideal market conditions. Determine whether it’s financially feasible to sell your home during initial discussions with your agent about your home’s worth and market trends. If you’re really interested in upping your home’s value, you’ll need to put in some elbow grease by making the necessary updates and repairs. Figuring out where to start can seem impossible, but here’s an easy way to prioritize: look outward, then inward. Assess your home’s curb appeal first—after all, first impressions do matter most. You can start with a few easy fixes, like repainting the front door or giving your landscaping a facelift.
Step Three: Prepping for Showing Your Home
Lean on your real estate agent to help you depersonalize the space—after all, you want to help prospective buyers envision their future with their family in the house. Here are a few details you may not have considered before:
- Ensure all walls are painted with “safe” neutral colors. And as much as you may love that bold abstract artwork, it may not fly with prospective buyers
- Buy a new welcome mat
- Buff and shine door hardware
- Touch up your mailbox by giving it a good wipe down with dish soap and warm water
Work with the accomplished real estate agents at McNeely Mack LifeStyle Properties | Latter & Blum to sell your home on the Northshore. We’ve supported previous clients with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Speak to a member of our team today by calling 504.812.2236 and learn how we can help alleviate the stress out of finding the perfect buyer.