It can take lots of planning before you are ready to move. Now is the perfect time to start preparing by tackling the "to do" list. Here are 4 tips to help you prepare for selling your home in the new year.
1. Organize your paperwork and finances
You will need your property tax information, a property survey (if you have one), appliance manuals, receipts and warranty documentation for any renovating and updating that has been done to the house. You will also want to organize all of the necessary paperwork for applying for a mortgage if you are planning on obtaining financing to purchase your new home.
2. Make a list of repairs that will need to be done.
Go from room to room and see what needs to be painted, touched up, cleaned, repaired or replaced. These minor repairs will help show your home in its best light, leading to more interested buyers and ultimately more money in your pocket. Once you've compiled a list, make a plan to tackle these jobs.
3. Complete routine home maintenance.
Similarily to completing minor repairs, by taking care of general home maintenance the potential buyers will see that your home has been well maintained and looked after. This will give them more confidence in bringing forth an offer. Simple maintenance should include replacing all air filters. Checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Having your heating system professionally serviced and cleaned. Remove window screens and check for drafts around doors and windows.
4. Start decluttering.
This may be the most important task when preparing your home to sell. It can also be the most overwhelming. You can reduce a lot of stress by giving yourself ample time to declutter. Start in one space at a time and consider tossing or donating anything that you do not use anymore. It is so important to show your home as spacious as possible. Clear counter space, organized closets and storage spaces are more appealing to potential buyers.
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