Having your home prepared for home your home inspections will make the process go more smoothly and prevent some easily avoidable delays. When an inspector is unable to inspect certain items due to lack of access the inspector may need to come back for another visit, for example. Here’s a list of common items that will help you to have your home ready . . .
Sell First or Buy First?
There’s a lot to balance when buying and selling a home at the same time. And, there are plenty of things to take into consideration. The most important piece of the puzzle will be to find out if you’ll need to sell your current home in order to get a mortgage for your new home. Many homeowners won’t qualify for their new loan until their current home is sold. This often means that the sale of the current home and the purchase of the new home have to happen on the same day.
Many who are looking for a new home and currently own a home begin the process by searching for their next home before listing the current home for sale. This approach often leads to weeks or months of searching for the right home only to find out that they’re not ready to make a serious offer when that perfect home goes on the market. Few sellers will consider an offer that’s contingent on the sale of a home that isn’t on the market yet. They simply don’t know if that home will sell and, if it doesn’t, the sellers will have taken their home off the market and missed other opportunities to sell.
By Jon Miller, Realtor®
There’s a limited window to get your home listed and sold before the holidays so you’ll need to focus on the highest priorities to prepare your home before listing it for sale.
Home buyers are looking for homes that are bright, open, and move-in ready. Spending some time getting your home into the condition that buyers are looking for will help your home get more interest from buyers and help it to sell more quickly. While every home is different, the list below will be a good place to start for just about any home.
Quick Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Fall Sale
1. Reduce, Remove, and Organize
Home buyers want space to grow into. If you’re outgrowing your home and it’s filled with stuff then they will be concerned about outgrowing the space, as well. As much as possible, get rid of anything that you won’t be taking with you when you move. That includes extra furniture, old clothing, outgrown kid’s toys, unused kitchen appliances and items in the cupboads, and the treadmill that’s become a clothes hanger.
Donate, sell, or throw away as much as you can now. Anything that’s left that is rarely used or out of season should be packed up. The rest should be well-organized and easy to put away before showings. By reducing, removing, and organizing, you’ll make your home feel more spacious . . . a home that your buyers can grow into.
As part of the process, de-personalize your home by packing up your photos and knick-knacks, especially if you have a lot of them. These things do make your home feel like home to you, but not to buyers who are looking for their home. A few photos and personal touches can be fine, but too many will be distracting. They want to see the house itself and picture it as theirs. Plus, the reflection off of photo frames can be bad for your listing photos.
When the topic of paying their buyer’s closing costs comes up, most sellers say “No way!” Following that, they usually say something along the lines of ‘If they can’t afford to pay their closing costs then they shouldn’t be buying the house.’ That may be true, but it may not be relevant to the sale of your home. Sometimes, buyers need the seller to pay closing costs and if you only have one offer, paying toward a buyer’s closing costs may be the only option available.
If you’re going to list your home for sale, you’ll probably wonder whether or not an open house is necessary. Some sellers love them, others don’t. Some agents love them, and others don’t (there’s a lot of disagreement on this topic among agents). Statistically, fewer than 10% of homes sell from an open house. I’d argue that it’s closer to 1% are the direct result of an open house.