If you have finally made the decision to put your house up for sale and are ready to make your big move, you're going to want to make sure everything flows smoothly to cause as little stress as possible. Since planning a move can be almost as stressful as the move itself, here are five tips you may want to keep in mind as you plan your big move:
When you prepare to sell the house, you will want to create an environment that potential sellers can see themselves living in. This means getting rid of clutter, organizing closets and getting rid of any larger items you won't need in your new home. The simpler your home is, the easier it will be for the potential buyers to see themselves living there.
Repair or Replace
Walk through your home and write down things that you would want to be replaced if you were to purchase the home. This can include repainting a room, replacing burned out light bulbs or even replacing a leaky faucet. Remember, if you're able to see the problem, your potential buyers will see it as well.
Get a Real Estate Agent
Since it's going to be hard to sell your home on your own, you're going to want to call a professional real estate agent, and you won't want to wait until the last minute to do this. Whether you find one online or through a referral, talk with a handful to see who knows your area best. An educated real estate agent will know how to price your house and also be able to tell you other information that is pertinent to selling your home.
Don't Forget the Curb Appeal
The first part of the home a potential buyer will see is the front yard, a term known as "curb appeal." Take a close look at your yard and see what needs to be changed. Does the lawn look good? What about the bushes and trees? Overgrown anything in your yard can be an eyesore. If you want to take it one step further and really spruce things up, consider planting a few flowers to add a pinch of color or even replacing the mailbox.
Make it Sparkle
Lastly, before the real estate agent even visits, try to make your home as clean as possible. Since you will want the pictures to look good on the MLS, be sure to vacuum, dust, wash the windows and clean the cobwebs off the front entry door.
Preparing for your new move can be a lot of work, but if you take the time to prepare, there's no reason to be stressed once that moving truck pulls into the driveway.
About the author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area, writing on behalf of REMAX of Boulder, Inc. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.