It seems that every home I list for sale in Twin Creeks has my sellers moving out of state and the vast majority are down-sizing, although perhaps not to such a small home as the one pictured above). Moving is stressful enough without these complications. Consider these tips to ease the pain.
- Fix What Needs Fixing
Your best bet for getting top dollar when you sell is to make sure your home is free of defects. A home inspection and termite inspection will point you in the right direction and although they could sometimes reveal some costly repairs to take care of, it’s better to do that before you have a sale agreed and avoid any surprises.
- Stage For Success
Almost all of the homes that are listed for sale in our area are professionally staged and there are good reasons for that. Staging brings out the very best in your home and covers everything from painting and carpeting to decluttering, re-organizing and sometimes adding new rented furnishings. Even, or perhaps especially, making sure that your home has outstanding curb appeal by mowing lawns and adding color by way of flowers etc.
- Don’t Store The De-Clutter
If you aren’t down-sizing you may just put your excess furnishings etc. in the garage but if you are, then seriously consider what you want to take with you and what you don’t. Have a garage sale, donate to the Salvation Army or sell things but do it before you get your home on the market. It makes things so much easier.
Decisions about furniture should be fairly easy but for other items, if you have problems deciding what to keep and what to get rid off, bear in mind that if you haven’t used something for a year or more, there is a very good chance that you don’t need it.
- Include Your Appliances In The Sale
You really don’t want to pay movers to take your refrigerator, washer and dryer any great distance. Bulky items like this can cost a lot of money to move so unless you have the Rolls-Royce of appliances, leave them for the new owners.
- Plan Your Move Well Ahead
The prices charged by long distance movers can vary immensely. Before getting any quotes, you need to have decided exactly what you will be taking with you but once you have done that, be sure to get at least 4 competitive bids. And don’t just go for the big names in moving. If possible, get referrals for moving companies from people who have moved long distance. And do make sure you are comparing like with like. There are all kinds of levels of service. Some people want movers to do everything, while others prefer to do most of their own packing, for example.
You may even want to consider a budget solution, where a company delivers “Pods” to your home that your belongings are packed into. Then when everything is packed, the pod is picked up and delivered to your new home where the process is reversed. It may sound a little cumbersome but it certainly is extremely cost-effective compared with the more traditional approach.
Finally, when your home is ready to go on the market, I strongly advise you to take your agent’s advice regarding the price to list it for sale. Certainly he should be able to show you how that price is arrived at but over-pricing your home means it will take a while to sell, giving you much more stress than you could possibly want.