Prepping your house to get it ready to sell can take longer than you think. If you’re planning to move, here are five things you can do now to help ensure you’re ready when it’s time to list your home for sale.

  1. Interview real estate agents. A good real estate agent can help you navigate all aspects of the home selling process from pricing your home to staging it to handling contract negotiations when you get an offer. Ask people you trust for recommendations and meet with a handful of potential candidates. Remember that while experience and expertise are essential, it’s also important to choose someone you’ll enjoy working with.
  2. Make repairs. Be sure that all major repairs have been completed before you put your house on the market. Buyers want to know they’re purchasing a home that’s been well-maintained, and obvious maintenance issues may scare potential buyers away.
  3. Declutter. Removing excess items from your home can make it seem more open and inviting. Plus, it gives visitors an opportunity to focus on your house and what it has to offer instead of the decades of possessions you’ve accumulated.
  4. Stage. People who are looking for a new home want to be able to picture themselves living in the house before they buy it. Put away your family photos and other personal effects that are unique to your family. Instead opt for neutral paint colors, décor and accessories that will appeal to a wide audience, so you don’t turn off potential buyers.
  5. Interview mortgage lenders. If you’re planning on buying a new home when you sell your current one, you may need a mortgage. Speak with your Licensed Mortgage Professional before you start searching for your new home. They can help you get prequalified and provide an estimate of the rate you’ll qualify for, so you can budget accordingly. At Homeowners Financial Group, we offer a variety of mortgage products for all your lending needs. Give us a call today to learn more.