You’ve already made the big decision — you’re moving! But whether it’s to upgrade or downsize, or whether it’s down the block or across the country, there are a few important steps to take to make sure your next adventure is a smooth one.
Do some research and set goals
You know what you paid for your home, but what is it worth today? Gather all of your home’s details — square footage, special characteristics, any improvements you’ve made — look around your area for comparable homes and set your price.
Next, find a home value estimate, whether through free automated valuation models (AVMs) or elsewhere. A comparative market analysis (CMA) and pre-listing appraisals are also integral and are available through private listing companies and agents.
If you’re in a crunch to sell fast, consider pricing your home competitively but realistically. That may help your home sell even faster – and with the housing market showing enormous growth rates every year, you’re still going to make a solid return selling at or near the average.
Pick the right time
Certain times of year are almost always more favorable when selling a home, but it also often comes down to where you live. Review your city’s real estate transaction data (there are various calculators online that can help) to discover the best season or month for home sales. Those times also often happen to be when you may receive the most money for your home.
Decide how you want to list
The traditional route is through a real estate agent, but another option is through a reputable DIY-style company, such as HomeLister, that works closely with you to sell your home and sell it fast. Such companies offer the same amenities as physical agents, including yard signs and professional photography.
A big bonus: They’ll even publish your home listing on all of the major real estate sites.
Think About Staging
Think about ways your home may benefit from some staging before it goes on the market. It’s the little details that often make the biggest difference: making rooms clutter-free, integrating fresh flowers, taking down personal mementos.
Agents and listing sites can offer expert advice on how to best make your home shine the brightest.
Decide how you want to show
Fantastic photos and appealing videos go a long way in setting up your home for a successful sale, but sometimes you need an extra push across the finish line. That’s where an open house comes in.
Traditional open houses or virtual open house tours let potential buyers get a more hands-on feel for your home and everything it offers. It’s a window into the special features that make your place unique — and quickly grabs buyers’ attention.
By following these five simple steps, you’ll be in a good position to sell your home most effectively, knowing that you’ve done your homework and covered all the most important bases to launch your home on the market. Remember, you’re in the driver’s seat. Now go out there and sell.