You’ve decided to sell your house, so now what? Before you list your house and invite potential buyers to take a look, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for what’s ahead. Here are a few tips we have gathered to help make sure you are good to go:
1) Detach Yourself Emotionally
Selling a home isn’t easy, and depending on how long you have lived in the house, you may have developed an attachment to it. However, now is the time to close the book and detach yourself from the emotional side of things. I use the word “house” and not “home,” because home is the familiar atmosphere and environment that you can take with you regardless of which house you are living in. Your house itself is now merely a product you are trying to sell.
2) Set Aside any Paperwork
As you begin tidying up your house, it is a good time to single out some of the paperwork which may be useful during the sales process. Some examples include mortgage details, renovation details, and more. If you have any, also set aside paperwork that potential buyers may want to see as well, such as renovation details or utility bills. This will save you time looking, as well as make you seem prepared and upfront.
3) Plan ahead!
Keep in mind that the entire process will likely take longer than you anticipate. Oftentimes, owners are not aware of the sheer number of belongings that will need to be moved, so leave some time to declutter and decide how much time you will need to get it all packed (You may want to consider renting a storage locker for the time being as well). Additionally, cleaning and making the place look presentable is no quick task, and many people underestimate the work that needs to be done. Now is the time to fix any nagging problems as well, such as misaligned faucets or damaged walls.
There is a lot more behind the scenes during the process, but these are just a few tips to get you ready for the sale. Just remember that you’re not moving on to bigger and better things. Good luck!