If you are thinking about selling your home and you want to make a good decision – make a plan, first.
The first step is to answer the questions in the first two sections first. Answer honestly and do your research into your financial situation, housing desires, reasons for selling and more. A qualified Realtor may be able to help you answer some of these questions, so don't hesitate to reach out to us!
Consider Whether Selling Your Home is Right for You
- What is your financial situation – both current and future?
- What are your reasons for wanting to move?
- If your home were remodeled, would it meet your needs?
- What will your new housing cost, based on what you want and where you want to live? (A qualified Realtor can help you with this.)
- When do you want your move to happen?
Figure Out Where You Want to Live
- Do you want to purchase your next home, or would renting be smarter?
- If so, do you want to sell first or buy first? (This may depend on your financial situation.)
- What neighborhoods are attractive to you?
- What type of housing would be ideal for you and your family?
- What is important to you? Schools, neighborhood, transportation, environment? Knowing what's available to you may be a factor in deciding whether you sell your current home.
Select a Realtor to Represent You
- A good agent will not only be able to help you with the 1st and 2nd steps, but they will be able to guide you as you move through the entire selling (and buying) process. Don't go it alone — homes that are "for sale by owner" are less likely to sell, and going it alone can cost you when it's time to negotiate the contract with your buyer.
Make Time to Get Your Home in Order
- Decluttering, cleaning, making repairs and staging a home will make it sell faster and for more money, but these things take time. Be sure you've allowed for that in your moving schedule.
- Have your Realtor give you ideas to get ready, and referrals to qualified, licensed and insured contractors who can do any of the needed work.
There's a surprising amount that needs to happen before your home is ready to hit the market, so allow at least a month (or more, preferably) to do your research and the work needed. For additional advice, don't hesitate to contact the Schuck Group!