Career change. A newborn. Desire to upgrade. Change of scenery needed. One way or another, a time may come when it is time to sell your home. While this can often be a stressful process, it doesn’t always have to be! We are often asked, “It looks like we will be selling our home, but we don’t know where to start?” We will always say, “At the beginning!”
First, it is a good idea to lay out what your needs and objectives are. You’d be surprised at how just writing these things down can help bring clarity. With clarity comes comfort! Look over your ideas, and you will likely begin to feel confident on how to start the process. You’ll go from, “I don’t know where to start,” to “Okay, I’ve got this!”
Here are some examples of goals and objectives we often see our clients have:
- New job or career; which can mean either a larger or smaller home.
- Family is growing; marriage and/or newborns can mean change.
- Family is shrinking; the kids have finally gone to college! Time to downsize to a home with less maintenance.
- Financial needs.
- Desire for a different school district or neighborhood.
- Desire to upgrade from current home, and it doesn’t make sense in the long run to do the potentially many projects necessary.
The list can go on and on, and everyone has their own reasons and objectives. The main idea is to get everything laid out in front of you so that you can see what’s needed and keep your mind clear. Now you know where to start, and the plan is coming together!
Along with your goals and objectives, start creating a timeline that fits your scenario. Are you hoping to sell within a certain timeframe? If your timeframe is short, that could reduce the time you have to prepare your home for sale. If you have a longer timeframe to work with, you can plan out the various adjustments to the home along the way. Creating steps for yourself is great for minimizing stress and efficiently reaching your goals.
If you want to get off to a fast start on preparing your home, check out these…
Quick Start Tips
- Remove clutter. Time to sift through the closets and garage to clear out clutter that you no longer need in the home. You can throw items away, donate to goodwill, hold a yard sale, or put items in storage.
- Find easy, small fixes that can help polish up the home. Maybe faucets and door handles could use a polish? Maybe the yards can use a little tidying up?
- Give the home a thorough cleaning, and maintain the condition of the home on a regular basis. Delegate responsibilities to members of the household on a regular schedule.
Do you feel a little more at ease now? I think now you know where to start, and can feel confident moving forward with initiating the sale of your home!
Those are some quick tips to help get you started and in the mindset of selling your home. We have another article accompanied with a printable checklist that provides even more tips on getting your home prepared for sale.
If you are considering selling your home here in the Contra Costa County area, fill out our Home Evaluation Form. We will reach out to you, and conduct market analysis of your home in current conditions. This is a free service, so there is no charge and no obligation whatsoever. (Contra Costa County Residents only please).
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