Preparing to Sell Your Home

A lot goes into selling a home, and for many sellers, the process is overwhelming. Unless you’ve done it before (and even then, it can still be confusing), it’s difficult knowing what needs to be done when. So, to help you out when selling your home, we’ve put together a timeline that will ensure you get it all done when it needs to be done – if you follow it, that is. 

First Thing’s First

It’s important to note here that you shouldn’t rush the selling process. There is a time for everything, so go at it methodically to make sure you’re doing what needs to be done. Additionally, you shouldn’t do it alone, either. Partner with an agent who can help with the confusing stuff. 

Choose a date you hope to be moved out by and work backward from there. Here’s how the timeline looks.

5 Months Before Target Move Date

Begin gathering information and getting your ducks in a row. At this point, you’ll want to find a real estate agent you like. Gather all the paperwork you have for your home and begin researching the market to get an idea of the going rates in the area. Your agent will be able to help with all of this. 

Six Weeks Before Listing Your Home

Start making repairs of things that may turn buyers off. For instance, any cosmetic things like torn window screens need to be repaired. Also, replace outdated appliances. You may be fine with that old stove in the kitchen, but it might make a buyer look elsewhere. 

One Month Before Listing

Start cleaning your home and getting it ready for buyers. At this point, you can begin staging the various rooms in your home, so buyers can picture themselves living there. Get rid of clutter and anything else that’s unnecessary. Rent a storage unit to hide your things until the sale is over, as the more you can get rid of, the easier it will be for buyers to envision themselves and their things in your home. 

Two Weeks Before Listing

It’s time to take photos and make signs to advertise your home for sale. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to do these things as the better your home looks the faster it will sell. Your agent has connections, so ask her for recommendations in this area. 

It’s Listing Day!

Congratulations! You’ve made it to listing day. Everything is complete and your house is ready. Make sure you maintain a steady-state of clean inside your home and out as you never know when an interested buyer will pop in. 

Regardless of the time of year you plan to sell your home, it’s important you start early so it’s completely ready when the time comes. If you procrastinate until the last minute, you could end up pushing buyers away with a home that isn’t selling-ready. 

Make sure your home is in the best shape it can be by following the timeline for selling your home above.