When you have finally decided it’s time to sell your Rosslyn condo, the decision can often come with a little bit of panic. What to do next is always the tricky part and can often result in inaction.
If you think you’re ready to take on the task of selling your home, here are a few items to consider in the preparation stage. Not only will they help to get your home physically ready for the sale, but you’ll also be a little more mentally prepared for the many steps that lay ahead.
Consider the market
One of the very first things you must consider when preparing for a home sale is the market climate into which your home is going to enter. The real estate market can be fickle, especially in recovering from a recession, and will greatly influence how your home will be priced and what you can do to sell it quickly. Meet with a trusted real estate agent to get an idea of what you’re up against in terms of the market and use this information to price your home accordingly.
When considering price, it’s important to identify your desired price and your bottom line price. Figuring out this range will better equip you later on when you start fielding offers from potential buyers later on in the process.
Find all of your paperwork
One of the biggest selling points of your home might not be the physical properties of the home itself, but rather what it takes to keep things up and running. Go through your records and pull out old utility bills and any applicable warranties. If you have newer, energy-efficient appliances or an HVAC unit, find the operating manuals for them that help to reiterate that you’ve taken care of the condo and the improvements you’ve spent money on have made the home more cost effective.
If you have information on your home owner’s association, you may want to have that readily available as well. Sometimes there are specific regulations set by the HOA that might cause a hang up in the transaction, so it’s best to get everything in order ahead of time.
Getting all of these items in order will also help you to figure out which features of your home might be the best to accentuate when it comes time to market the home. If other amenities come with your condo such as a fitness center, covered parking or a swimming pool, make sure you provide your listing agent with enough information about them to convey to your buyer base.
Get down to the details
De-cluttering and depersonalizing your home are among the most important things you can do that will help to attract buyers. Don’t let any detail of the home go unchecked, including wall paint, dusty baseboards and smudged windows. The less clutter and grime in your home, the less distracted your buyers will be when they’re considering making the investment.
If you’re interested in learning more about condos for sale in Rosslyn, or any Washington, DC metro community, please give me a call today.