Across the nation, the first two weeks of May is the best time to sell a home.
While this is the ideal time, it’s not always possible to sell it at the end of spring. If this is the case for you, you might be apprehensive about trying to sell your home, especially if you’ve never done it before.
Keep reading to learn how to get your home ready to sell.
The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist
Moving is a big life event, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. For first time sellers, it’s helpful to have someone walk you through the process.
Here is a home selling checklist that will keep you grounded.
Hire an Agent
Unless you’ve decided to sell your house on your own, you’ll need some professional help. It’s important to find an agent who is on the same page as you and keeps communication open during the entire selling process.
Decide When to Sell
Spring and summer are the best times to sell a home. The weather typically makes for more pleasant viewings, and many families opt to move in the summer months before the new school year starts.
If the market is not stable, hold off from putting your house on the market. The longer it sits unsold, the more the price will have to drop.
Decide on a Price
Check out the prices that similar homes in your area are selling for. It can’t hurt to go to open houses for similarly priced homes to see and understand why they’re selling for that price.
It’s difficult to find the sweet spot between overpricing and under-pricing your home, but your agent can help you finalize an appropriate price range.
Repair Any Issues
Your agent will probably recommend an inspection to address any issues. If there are any electrical issues, paint jobs, or foundational issues that need to be addressed, you’ll want to take care of them as soon as possible.
Paint jobs are usually necessary, and it pays to paint your walls a neutral color for house viewings. Some outside repairs, such as fixing a broken mailbox or trimming back hedges, will add to your curb appeal.
Market Your Home
Online marketing is the ticket in an ever-growing digital world. There’s plenty of listing websites available, such as Zillow. Cross-posting your listing to multiple websites will open you up to a bigger audience. Just be sure that your descriptions and photos are identical on all listing posts.
While they’re less common these days, open-houses can be a great way to bring in buyers. If you host an open house, staging your home well is critical.
Get Ready for a Sale
Once your house is ready to sell, all you can do is wait for the right buyer to come along. This home selling checklist will get your home-selling journey off the ground!
Contact our team for help selling your home, or check out the rest of our blog for more articles on the real estate market in New Jersey!