Almost no one likes the stress that goes along with listing and selling a house but it’s inevitable and there are ways to alleviate a lot of that stress by simply being prepared.
When it comes to selling your home, we want our homeowners to be prepared, ready at a moments notice, and actually, enjoy the process from beginning to end. Here are our three ways to sell your home with less stress.
#1. Prepare in advance as much is possible.
We understand that not everyone has six months to prepare to sell their house. Be who have found a house that you want to buy and so you make an offer and then scramble to sell your house or maybe you have a job change or family status change and you need to sell fast. Stress in these situations is almost unavoidable but the other two points may help in these situations. For those that do have time, it’s important to take the time to prepare in advance as much is possible.
This means take at least a month and get advice from friends and family about what your home might need. Fresh eyes on a house can point out items that you’ve become blind to over the years. Maybe there’s extra dirt in window and door tracks, leaky faucets or squeaky doors and windows. All of these things need to be fixed, repaired or replaced and if you give yourself enough time, it won’t be stressful. Even if you are on a budget, you can plan things out each month to repair or replace so that when the time comes to list you are well set and ready.
#2. Be ready for showings and 30 minutes or less.
Once you list your property you want to make sure that the home is show ready in 30 minutes or less. Simple ways to do this include not making a mass that will take more than 30 minutes to clean up. Cleaning up after every activity and not letting papers, toys, or clutter stack up on counters, tables, chairs and shelves. Each room should be assigned to a member of the family. When you get the call that you have a showing, that family member is assigned to that room to pick up, straighten up and clean up in 30 minutes or less. Sometimes you don’t even have 30 minutes but if you can plan ahead, you can make sure that no mass takes longer than 30 minutes to clean up from start to finish.
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#3. Pack up half of the items in drawers, cupboards, cabinets and any other storage area.
You planning on packing up and moving anyway so take the time now to clear out closets, drawers, pantries, and cupboards of at least half the items, particularly ones you’re not using right away, and pack them up for moving. It’s important to put these items in storage or off-site so it doesn’t add to the clutter in garages or unused rooms. Buyers will see a clean, open space with plenty of room and it will make your job easier when it comes to packing and moving the rest of the items. Plus, it gives you a sense of calm and peacefulness to not have as much clutter around.
Taking these three steps into account when listing and selling your property can really take the stress out of the whole situation. We have other secrets and tips that we save just for our own homeowners so if you’re planning on selling a property anywhere in the Brunswick County area along the coast of North and South Carolina and specifically in Sunset Beach and beyond, call us today for the secrets and tips.