As we begin to move into the “high” season of summer real estate, we thought it would be helpful to offer a timeline of items to do when readying your home for sale.
#1. Hire a Real Estate Broker. This is super important to selling your home fast and for top dollar. A licensed Agent has been educated in the art of negotiating and real estate laws. The Texas Real Estate exam is not an easy test to pass – don’t you want someone knowledgeable enough to gain a license to represent you?!
#2. Handle any repairs. Again, a licensed Agent will be able to advise you on which repairs will pay you back and which to let go of. But, having these items resolved before Buyers come through the home will increase your profits and timetable.
#3. De-clutter! De-clutter! De-clutter! Did we say that enough? Nothing says “This home lacks storage” more than clutter. And who wants to buy a home that can’t accommodate their belongings?
#4. Get photographs taken. Not pictures – photographs. These images are going to sell your home in today’s digital market, it is so worth the investment to hire a professional photographer. We hire professionals for all of our listings – it makes a difference. Interviewing Agents? Ask who takes their photos. You may be surprised.
#5. Do a deep cleaning. This may seem like it needs to happen before photos are taken, but in reality, unless there is crazy mess, photographs will not pick up on baseboard dust or microwave grease. But, actual Buyers in your home will notice these things. So, right before the home comes on the market, a deep cleaning of the entire home, inside and out, is a must!
#6. List your home! It is the final and biggest step. Putting yourself and your home out there is a tough decision, but, the right Agent can make the entire process stress free and profitable.
Pricing is also paramount. A good pricing strategy can make or break a successful sale. Contact us today for a free Comparative Market Analysis of your home!