With the right steps and giving yourself enough time, selling your home can a straightforward process.
In part one, we began to look at the timeframe of when everything should be completed in the listing process beginning with the where you are right now. In today’s post, we’ll look at the time from three weeks before listing all the way to the listing day and beyond!
Three Weeks Before Listing
If you haven’t already, now is the time to get clear on your finances — this is figuring out how much you still owe on the house you’re selling so you can estimate your next mortgage and consider any special selling processes such as short sales.
Booking and hiring a professional home stager is a great idea — they’ll come in and make your home look its best and suggest strategies to incorporate to better help sell your home.
It’s also important to stay consistent in cleaning and packing up. The big day may still seem so far away, but selling your home is a time burglar so the more you can get done now, the better and less stressed you’ll be in the end. Even if it’s as little as booking a cleaning company the week you move out and packing away your recreational equipment, these small, tangible things add up and are so helpful.
The Week Before
This will be a jam-packed week! Once your home is cleaned and in tip-top shape, the home stager will come in and rearrange your home for open houses and home photography to list on websites and to be used in marketing materials.
Ensure that all your home’s hominess is set aside and a very minimal approach is taken — cluttered is cleared and family photos are put away.
This is also a great time to go over your real estate agents plan of action and a chance for you to give the final approval on photos and your home’s description — check for accuracy.
The Present: Listing Day
If your real estate agent has decided to use real estate listing websites, now is the time to take your listing live, in addition to implementing the complete marketing strategy complete with a sign in your yard and informational flyers.
Keeping your home in a perpetual state of “open house cleanliness” is also important. This can be tough, especially if you work full time and have kids. Open houses require a quick exit and for your home to be in show quality at a moments notice.
A good practice to get into is to assume a buyer will come through your home every time you leave, so before you go, do a quick run through and make sure beds are made, counters are cleared, and toilets are flushed.
This is also the moment where you can relax and watch the offers roll in — everything you’ve prepared for is coming to fruition. It is now the moment you can embark on selling your home.
With a little planning and leaving yourself enough time to cross your t’s and dot your i’s before selling your home the process is straightforward and stress-free.
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