This is the time of year Sellers are thinking of preparing their home to put on the market, doing repairs, cleaning, decluttering and there is one more item that should be done prior to signing that listing agreement.
If the plan is to sell the primary property and purchase another home, you should contact a lender for a pre-qualification to insure you are able to qualify for the next home.
Many potential buyers have taken great care of their stellar credit, but can find out that there has been erroneous items applied to your credit or lender requirements have changed. These small items can delay your approval, and best to know up-front that you can purchase and move smoothly into your next home. After you begin the listing process and search for your next dream home, it will become very busy, so best to get this important process completed prior to listing.
It is best to know this up front, rather than find out after you have an approved offer on your home!