STAGING AND GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL

Start planning early

Start weeding out your current possessions.
Throw out, donate, or sell the things that you don’t want to move at a sale (provided your association

allows yard sales).

Start packing early

Anything that you are sure you will not be using before moving day should get boxed.

Identify your home’s flaws or problems.

Sellers are obligated to disclose any major problems or flaws in the structure or property, including things like dry rot, termites, asbestos, or a new highway slated to run nearby.   If you fail to mention the leaky roof or flooding basement, you could be sued for fraud. There is really no upside to trying to hide problems anyway since most buyers will have the home inspected before closing.

Get the house in “showcase” condition

Small cosmetic touches can increase your home’s value by thousands. (See improvement section below.)

Decide what goes and what stays

Before you start showing your home, you need to decide what will be included in the sale. If you want to take your washer and dryer with you, tell serious buyers before negotiations start.

Look for a new home

Home sellers are generally advised not to begin the search for a new home until they are confident that the sale of their existing home is progressing towards a successful closing. Even then, it is always possible that a sale can fall through and you could be faced with the prospect of owing two homes. And trying to perfectly time two closings can make planning a move much more stressful. However, if you have to move quickly or you don’t want to pass on your dream home, you can choose to buy and sell simultaneously. Just make sure to listen to our advice and other advisors so you know your options.

Suggested Interior Improvements

  • Clean, scrub, and polish: Keep your stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and other appliances spotlessly clean inside and out.

  • Paint walls and trim if needed to neutral colors.

  • Have any carpets professionally cleaned. 

  • Polish wood floors and vinyl flooring.

  • Clean walls, doors, and woodwork.

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