9 Things to do before you list your home for sale

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9 Things to do before you list your home for sale

Thinking of putting your home for sale? A homeowner can be well prepared by following these 9 things to do before you list your home for sale.

1. Know why you really want to go

Some reasons are obvious, such as the need to sell if you’re moving to another city or putting in an offer on a new home. Other needs may be less definite, such as outgrowing your space or concerns about cash flow. By working with a mortgage professional, you can assess financing options and the costs of moving against the costs of staying and make the best choice.

2. Set your expectations

Get a professional assessment of your home’s value to help you determine reasonable price expectations before you even list your home. This is especially important if you’re planning to finance a new home.

3. See your home through others’ eyes

Try to see your home through a stranger’s critical eyes. Make a list of major or minor improvements to make.

4. Do your fix-ups

Repaint or at least touch up interior and exterior paint for a fresh, polished look. Replace items that show wear and tear. You can instantly modernize a room with upgrades to faucets or drawer pulls. Make sure light fixtures and windows are clean and bright to cast a good light on your home.

5. Maintain the mechanicals

It’s not quite the glamorous stuff of décor magazines, but your home’s mechanical systems can make or break a sale with some buyers. Have the chimney and furnace inspected and cleaned. Check drains and ductwork. Fix any plumbing problems. Energy-efficient systems may increase your home’s appeal.

6. Clean and declutter

You can’t hear this too many times. An open room will help buyers picture their own belongings in the space.

7. Have a copy of your property survey

A real property report (RPR) can be a plus for marketing your property in a competitive market. An existing RPR should suffice, depending on when it was completed or what physical changes have been made. Some buyers may need this to meet their lender’s requirement of a survey before approving a mortgage loan on a property.

8. Brush up your curb appeal

First impressions are everything in a competitive housing market, so show off your home’s best face. Tidy up the landscaping, invest in high-quality porchlights or house numbers, and choose a few tasteful accessories to create an inviting entranceway.

9. Count on a pro

A mortgage professional can help potential buyers understand just how affordable your home is and help you explore financing options for the home you’re moving to. A real estate professional will help you to target potential buyers and get you serious offers. You can also count on realtors to help you negotiate and close the deal.

For a free mortgage consult on how much you qualify for on your future home before you sell, contact Jacqueline Jeffries with Quantus Mortgage Solutions at 780.220.5968 or email info@jacquelinemortgages.com.