There are many stages and decisions when considering selling a home. I have spoken to many sellers over the years, and this process can be overwhelming.
After you decide to move (and I have had people take years), you need to know where you are going and what you must do to get your home on the market.
Now some people keep such an organized home they could move in a week's notice. That is NOT the case for the majority.
Decades of collecting, living, raising kids...you always find places to "hide" the stuff, especially when your home has unused rooms, lots of closets, an attic, a basement, or a garage. Yes, I have seen all those spaces filled up.
Here is a home where Martha Stewart did not live.
How do you get started? Good question. Glad you asked.
If you are one of the people who have no idea where to begin, there is help for you. When talking to potential sellers, I can feel their needs. They always ask me how long it will take to sell the home. And I usually respond with how long it will take you to get it ready for sale.
On my first sale over thirty years ago, the seller wanted to be fishing upstate New York in the summer. It was already the beginning of July. When asked how long will it take to sell, I responded, "How long will it take you to get it ready for sale." Not pleased with my answer, he asked what do you mean. I said, " I cannot sell this home with orange shag wall to wall."
He listened and had the home recarpeted to a neutral shade within a few days, and we put the house on the market. It sold that first week.
Now things are a bit different. Back then, we only took exterior photos; there was no internet, and indeed not 50-60 or more pictures we use today to capture the home.
How do you get ready for the photographer?
Please tune in to my live radio show Sunday 6.18.22 at noon to get some answers.
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