There are a ton of preparations to do before you even list your home for sale to make sure that the selling process goes well and your home doesn’t linger on the market for too long. A few months before listing, it is important to do your homework. Research your local market to get an idea of what you should be listing your home for and to gauge interest. This is also the time to gather all your important documents, such as those for mortgage and insurance, and to add up the costs associated with selling your home.
After you have done your research and gathered all the important documents you will need, it is time to get your home ready to sell. Make sure to look at your home like a buyer would, and make any repairs that you have been putting off. This can include small cosmetic repairs like a new paint job or replacing light fixtures, but can expand to include new appliances. It is also important to make yourself aware of what you can’t fix, such as noise and traffic patterns, and be prepared to find a way to market your home around those problems.
After these steps have been handled, it is time to list your home. Now is the time to meet with an agent if you were planning on it, because they can help you with the trickier details. You will need to know what you want your listing price to be, how to list your home online and how to get professional photos taken. Then, you will work with the realtors to officially list your home and start scheduling open houses!