If you watched all your friends and neighbors move this past year and you have vowed that next year will be your time to move - start your preparations now.
Too many homeowners wait until the last minute to get their home market ready and are often overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. Consequently, they either postpone a move they really want or sell their home for less because it needed some work.
Start your preparations by taking a good long look at your home. Call your Realtor and have him or her make recommendations on how to enhance the sale of your home. Make a list of all the things that need to be done before you put your home on the market and start working on that list a few items at a time.
For instance, if your yard is in poor shape, now is the time to aerate and over seed. If you are uncertain of what to do, visit your local lawn care center and ask them for advice or call a lawn care professional. The cool nights and sunny days of Fall make for perfect grass growing weather.
Are there rooms in your home that need to be painted? On those cold winter weekends painting a room or two is a good project and doing it yourself can save money.
If you need new carpet or vinyl do it now so that you can actually enjoy it before you sell.
Also start clearing clutter. Gather up your unwanted items and donate them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Not only will you make your home look larger but you will help others and receive a tax deduction.
While you are working on your home make sure you are financially set for a move. Have your mortgage lender look over your finances and give you a good idea of how strong your credit is and how much home you can afford. By acting now you may have time to improve your credit scores, reduce debt or save additional down payment. If there is incorrect information on your credit report you also will have time to get it corrected before you buy.
By starting your work now you can be very prepared for the Spring market and avoid the typical last minute rush, saving yourself time, money and energy.