Whether it is due to financial reasons, job relocation, family matters or any number of other issues, moving doesn’t have to be one of the most challenging times in your life. In fact, if you find the right place to call home, it may end up being one of the best decisions you make.
With that in mind, how do you get your home ready to be on the market?
Be Ready to Pitch Your Home
As noted earlier, the reason or reasons you’re moving to somewhere new can vary.
Maybe your next move is looking at Daybreak Utah homes for sale. Perhaps you’re thinking of getting out of the big city, be it Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, or even New York and going somewhere a little less hectic, yes?
For many Americans, leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city for areas a little less over-run is becoming more of the norm.
If you’re thinking out West, maybe Utah should be on your list of possible destinations to call home?
So, how can you get your current home ready to put on the market without lots of hassle and having it just sitting for weeks and months without little traffic?
Among the things to keep in mind:
- Appearance – For starters, make sure the home you want to sell is just that, ready to sell when potential buyers come to view it. While it sounds like commonsense, you’d be surprised how many sellers sometimes overlook the little things like leaving kids’ toys scattered around, not mowing the lawn or trimming the shrubbery, failing to shampoo the rug or clean the blinds and drapes (especially if there is animal hair in the home) and more. Don’t rush to get the home ready for viewers (see timetable below), make sure it is ready to be viewed before the first person walks in the door;
- Timetable – Don’t get in a bind by trying to sell your home and not having another residence ready. While the market may be hot at a certain time for selling your residence, the buyer/buyers may want to settle and move in sooner than you thought. It is easier to get settled (see family below) in your new place and then sell the old place if need be, though that could be more financially challenging since you can’t say with 100 percent certainty that your old home will sell in a reasonable amount of time;
- Family – One last important tidbit to remember is when a move involves families (including pets). Try and schedule the move for the least disruptive time of the year. Don’t schedule a move right in the middle of the school year, especially if your child or children will need to change schools. Going to a different school no matter what age the child is can be an emotional rollercoaster, especially if they’re leaving many of their friends behind. Pets tend to like routines, so a move to a new home could throw your pet off too. Make sure you take your dog or cat’s favorite toys with them in the move, making the new home look and feel much like the prior one.
The real estate market tends to run in peaks and valleys; try to nail the right time to put your home up for sale. This will allow you to sell yourself and your family on a new residence to one day call home.