1. Have a Plan
This stage is all about preparation and knowing that you are mentally & financially ready to move. There are things that constantly get overlooked by home sellers when they begin this process. For instance, the market fluctuates, so your house might sell the day we list it…. or it could take months. It’s wise to be prepared for either scenario. Also, don’t forget about your moving expenses and repair costs. There are many things to consider before you move. It doesn’t have to be stressful, just take the time to plan. When starting your journey, ask yourself things like:
- Am I really ready to make the move?
- Do I know where I plan to go next?
- What are the moving expenses we can expect?
- Do I have money saved for repairs that might come up on the home inspection?
2. Make it Sparkle
Cleanliness implies a home has been well taken care of, so deep cleaning can win points with buyers. Buyers scrutinize homes, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Re-caulk and repaint to give these grime-prone rooms a fresh and clean look. Clean rugs and carpets to eliminate unsightly stains or dinginess and eliminate odors. Tidy each room, including cabinets, closets and the garage, BEFORE showing. And if it seems daunting to do all that cleaning yourself, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to take care of all of it for you.
3. Start Packing
Cramped and cluttered rooms turn buyers off and make your house look smaller. A home packed with your personal belongings also makes it difficult for others to envision living there. Start by storing away excess furniture, toys and personal decorations, such as family photos. Pack up things you don’t use on a daily basis, and put them in storage or ask a friend to hold onto them. Decluttering your house also gives you a head start on your move.