You've decided to put your home on the market. Now that you've made that decision, what do you do next? What should you be doing before listing your home?
If you're thinking about adding your home to the list of Augusta homes for sale we recommend the following.
- Do Your Research
The very first thing you should do is learn more about the current real estate market where you live. Find out what other homes in your neighborhood are selling for, so you have a general idea of what to expect. Note that you'll want to compare homes that are as similar to yours as possible.
- Find an Agent
The most important thing you can do is find a real estate agent you can trust. Our REALTORS® will provide you with all the information you need so you can make the right decisions about your listing price, listing date, and more.
- Start Making Repairs
The next thing to do is evaluate your home and determine what repairs and upgrades are needed. Your REALTOR® can help with this, as well. Once you know exactly what needs to be done, decide whether or not you need to hire professionals or if you can do some of the work yourself. Then, set up a timeline to ensure that all of the work is completed before your planned listing date.
- Declutter and Depersonalize
One of the most important steps in getting your home ready to list is getting rid of clutter. Start going through all of your items and deciding what you want to take with you and what you can donate. Box up everything you're not actively using and put it in a storage unit. Homes are also easier to sell with they're not full of personal items. Remove family portraits, artwork, and other items that reflect your unique personality. Your goal is to ensure that the home is as neutral as possible before potential buyers arrive.
- Update Your Curb Appeal
After the long, harsh winter, there's a good chance that your outdoor space needs some TLC. The earlier you can start working on your curb appeal, the better your results will be. Think about simple upgrades like painting your front door, planting colorful flowers, trimming the bushes, and adding mulch. Fertilize your lawn, keep it mowed, and trim the edges. You might also want to replace the mailbox and decorate your front porch with a welcome mat, wreath, and a potted plant.
- Deep Clean
You'll need to clean your home from top to bottom before your listing goes live. In many cases, it's well worth it to hire a cleaning team who will ensure that everything sparkles. Then you'll need to keep up with a daily cleaning schedule, so your home always looks buyer-ready.
- Get Ready for Showings
As your listing date approaches, you'll want to create a plan for dealing with showings. This should include figuring out what you'll do with your pets and creating a last-minute cleaning checklist. Taking these steps now will help ensure the place looks great when potential buyers arrive.
When you have a top-notch team by your side, selling is easy! Contact us today to get started.