There’s no time like now to plan ahead. Even if you’re thinking about selling your home in the spring, there are several things you can (and should!) do ASAP to prepare.
1. Ask your Realtor to order professional photos of your home
Most buyers begin their home search online, and the online pictures of your home are the first impression that they’ll get. That’s why great photography is an essential part of your home selling strategy. The same is true for videography. A beautiful backdrop will put your home in the best possible light, so the sooner photos and video are taken, the better!
2. Take care your needed home repairs
Whatever you can get done now to make your home look its best - do it! Of course painting, simple repairs in drywall, carpeting, etc… should be on the top of the list. If there is anything that needs to be done to your home’s exterior, you may want to wait until early spring, when the weather gets warmer. Exterior repairs and touch ups will help your home’s curb appeal.
3. Declutter, clean and get organized
Most homes need decluttering – and that’s especially true before they end up on the real estate market. You should start getting organized now so your home will be in top shape for the buyer showings and open houses. You should have plenty of time to prepare if you start working on it now, and it also means you won’t have to worry about moving boxes to the attic, basement and storage when your home is on the market. Here are some staging and decluttering tips
4. Request a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)
Ask your real estate broker to prepare a comparative market analysis for you. This will give you an good idea of what your home’s value is. Unlike a traditional static market analysis, you should request a digital report. A Digital CMA is continually updating, meaning you always have the most accurate, real-time data.
One more thing to remember: pricing and market conditions may change between now and when you list your home, but knowing where you stand today will be helpful in planning your next home’s sale.