Maybe you’ve been tossing around the idea of packing up and selling your home for a while but keep putting it off. Maybe your home has been on the market for months (or longer) and you need some motivation to finally get it sold. Either way, the New Year is a perfect time to get motivated to take action and sell your house! Here’s how to break down this daunting task and sell your home in 2019.
Set the Date
Any goal you want to achieve needs a due date to be effective. The more specific, the better. Pick an appropriate date in 2019 where it is reasonable (but motivating) to list your home. Choose another date that you would like the home sold by. Setting the date gives your mind a concrete goal and you are then free to work on creating a plan and achieving your task.
Out With the Old
Take on the fresh energy of the New Year to freshen up and declutter your home. Be ruthless: keep your treasures and must-haves but let the extraneous stuff go. Not only will it help you to clear your mind and set your intentions on selling, but it will make your home much more appealing to potential buyers. Plus, you will have much less to pack and carry into your brand new home once you move. Clean slate!
In With the New
Once you have decluttered and removed any excess material in the house, it’s time to make all those little (or big) repairs and replacements. Even little inconveniences can turn buyers off to your property, so making sure that your home is spic and span will help you achieve your goal faster and for a better price. Replace tired fixtures and anything that is wobbly, broken, or dated.
The Price is Right
Your agent should start working on comparing your home to others in the market a few months before your house is listed. Take the time to scout other properties in your neighborhood and compare your home’s features, size, and value with these homes. Having a good understanding of how similar homes are selling in your area will help you determine the best price for your home and prevent it from sitting on the market too long or selling for less.
If your home has been on the market for a while, consider adjusting the price. Talk with your agent and make a new comparison of the market.
Time for Change
If you have been considering selling your house, 2019 is the year to do it. Set your intentions, mark a date, and prepare your home for the market. Happy New Year, and cheers to resolving to sell your home!