Selling your home can be an exciting yet overwhelming process. Preparation is key to a successful home sale. If you’re prepared, you’ll be better equipped to handle each step in the process. Here are 5 things to expect when selling your home!
You may not see a full return on all of your upgrades
If your home hasn’t been updated in a while, it’s a good idea to spruce it up a little before you sell. Fresh updates can make your home more attractive to buyers and even increase the overall value a little. But, it’s important to know that home improvements and additions rarely yield a full return on investment. Here’s the average cost recouped for common upgrades:
Decluttering can take more time than expected
Decluttering is one of the first steps to getting your home ready to sell. It helps your rooms appear bigger and allows the buyers to visualize themselves in the space. Give yourself plenty of time to declutter well in advance of your sale.
Start small with flat spaces like your kitchen counter, end tables, and shelving. Then, work your way into the bedrooms and closets. Remember to clutter the exterior, too. 62% of agents surveyed by HomeLight in 2020 said clearing exterior clutter is critical – especially for listing photos and the potential buyers’ first impressions of your home.
Most buyers prefer evening and weekend showings
Most buyers prefer to view homes on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. This means you’ll have to clear out of your home during times you’d normally be getting dinner ready or relaxing for the evening.
If you’re living in the house while it’s on the market, be prepared to accommodate home showings. It also means you need to keep your home in show-ready condition in case of a last-minute showing.
Closing can be a long process
After you accept an offer, it can take a few weeks (or sometimes more) to finalize the sale. This gives you & the buyer time to:
- Negotiate the terms of the purchase agreement
- Work with the title rep to review any title issues
- Open escrow
- Get a home inspection
- Complete necessary repairs
- Schedule an appraisal
- Complete a final walkthrough of the property
A great agent will be there to guide you through the process
Selling your home can feel intimidating. But, an agent will guide you through the process and look out for your best interest at all times. They’ll advise you on every aspect of your sale – from staging to closing.
Team Melton has over 50 combined years of real estate experience to assist you through every step of the process. Contact us today to get started on selling your home!