We hope you enjoyed a fabulous festive season and are now all set and excited for what lies ahead in 2017.
Are you planning to sell your home this year? If so, it's never too early to be making plans for when you do list, even if you don't envisage doing so for a little while yet.
One of the common mistakes sellers make is to not really consider what needs to be done to the home to make it ready for sale until they actually want to list.
If you have one of those rare properties that's faultless in every way, then this is less important. For most sellers, however, advanced preparation will always pay big dividends.
We've therefore come up with a few key questions that you might wish to ask yourself, even though we're just three days into 2017:
What home do I want to buy next? - It really helps to be focused on what home you're likely to be looking for next. Starting to look for your next residence when you've just listed your own can lead to some logistical problems, especially if you accept a very early offer and your buyer wants to move in asap. Therefore it makes sense to plan to start looking for another home as soon as is practical, in a way that neatly dovetails with your plans for when you'll be listing.
Would I buy my home in its present state? - We'd like to literally suggest a role play here. Why not "visit" your own home as if you were a buyer? This helps to form a view as to the good and bad points of the home. Make a thorough viewing inspection as if you were looking for your next home and it's likely you'll end up with a "to do" list of tweaks, decorating touch-ups and repairs. Never forget that it's said buyers will assume there are another 10 hidden problems for every issue they discover they discover themselves. Don't let a minor problem like a leaking faucet undermine confidence in the property. Also remember the importance of presenting, or staging, your rooms correctly. If there's a lot of clutter, well there's no time like right now to deal with this, rather than leaving it all to the last minute.
Does everything work as it should? - Don't skimp on getting your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system serviced and maintained as needed. Same goes for other items like garage doors and even doorbells. Most buyers will also want to try every light switch, so make sure all bulbs are functioning correctly. Buyers won't leave a stone unturned and neither should you.
Should I consider a home inspection before listing? - While most home inspections are carried out following acceptance of an offer, why not take the initiative and get one done before you list, once you've carried out all obviously necessary repairs and improvements. It's a huge advantage to show buyers that the home has a clean bill of health before they even make on offer, greatly improving the chances of them so doing in the process. Equally as importantly, the inspection will uncover any problems you've missed, avoiding any nasty surprises that could lead to a reduced offer, or even jeopardize the entire sale...
When should I appoint a agent? - Even if your plans are to sell much later in the year, it does no harm whatsoever to start talking to agents very soon, so you can get a good idea of their credentials, marketing plan and track record. Once you've appointed an agent, you'll be able to benefit from his/her experience and local knowledge in helping you to optimally present your home to get the very best price in the shortest possible time frame. And because the agent knows in advance that your home will be coming onto the market, there's even a chance of finding the right buyer before it is even marketed. Why not contact us today to get started.