4 Tips To Prepare Your House, And Yourself, Before Listing


Everyone has their own unique motivation when selling a home. Your family might need more space. You might want to live within a particular school district. You might be ready to step up from a starter home to your forever home.

Whatever your motivation for selling, it’s not too soon to start preparing even if you plan to put your house on the market a year from now.

Here are some things to consider to get the most from the sale of your home and to make the process as painless as possible:

Pick your Realtor very carefully. While on listing appointments, I often suggest to sellers they not only look for competence in a Realtor, but also chemistry on a personal level. Because I believe in constant communication with my clients, once I list your home – I will become a part of your family for many months to come.

Your choice of real estate agent will determine how difficult, or how seamless, the process of selling your house will be.

Deal with all known problems with your home in advance. Is there a leaking faucet?  Is a rain gutter sagging from the weight of leaves?  Are there questionable patches on the roof?

In other words, would your property pass a home inspection – right now?

Its a question to ask yourself if you want to receive top dollar from the sale of your home. Pay attention to details because every little thing matters when selling a home.

Clean your house from top to bottom and DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER. A messy house is a distraction to buyers. It takes their focus away from the positive features that attracted them in the first place. I am not suggesting that your living space needs to be sterile. Your house should come across as clean and uncluttered, yet as a comfortable place to live. Don’t feel you need to hide the things that bring you happiness whatever they may be. A house that reflects the personality of its owner can be a truly interesting and inviting place.

Tip for young families: Keep an inexpensive plastic hamper in the rooms where your kids tend to keep things on the floor. When a showing is scheduled, the items go quickly from floor to hamper. Problem solved!

Selling a house can be a real pain so be prepared. It requires commitment and effort on the part of the homeowner to prepare to sell. There will be minor repairs and cosmetic changes to make. There will be seemingly constant pressure to make your house ooze with curb appeal on the outside and pop on the inside.

Once your home goes under contract, it can take another 45 days to get to the settlement table. The inconveniences continue by way of a home inspection, an appraisal, a termite inspection, packing, etc. Unless you’re superhuman, you will be stressed out!

Are you ready to deal with all the hassles? I can help!

If you own a Harford County Homea Havre de Grace Home, or a Cecil County Home and are thinking about selling, reach out for a free market analysis to learn how much your property will sell for in today’s market.

I am a real estate agent with Integrity Real Estate and would love to hear from you.

One final thought – Pricing a home to sell is an intuitive process requiring experience, judgement, and a working knowledge of trends in local communities. It’s important that you work with a local Realtor.

Feel free to get in touch.

Ed Rybczynski


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