Spring is a popular time to sell a home, especially in Cary, Raleigh, and other communities in the Triangle area. Potential buyers go house hunting when the weather warms up, and all the spring blooms certainly help boost curb appeal! If you’re eager to put your home on the market this spring, just follow our step-by-step home selling timeline.
What to Do Before You List Your Home
You need to do a bit of pre-work before you stick a “For Sale” sign in your yard. Before you put your home on the market, you’ll need to choose an experienced agent who understands your goals, cut the clutter in your home, and make your home look like new.
1. Be Proactive and Make Necessary Repairs
Replace any burned-out lightbulbs, put WD-40 on squeaky hinges, and give your walls and front door a fresh coat of paint. These minor improvements are major value boosters.
You’ll also want to be proactive about any known maintenance issues, since these will surface during a home inspection. If necessary, go ahead and make major repairs, such as replacing your roof, fixing your HVAC, and installing new flooring.
2. Find Out What Your Home is Worth
Timeframe: 4-8 weeks out
Setting a competitive listing price is key to selling quickly and for top dollar. If the price is too high, your home could languish on the market without an offer. If the price is too low, you could lose your hard-earned equity if you don’t get multiple offers. Ask us for a free home evaluation.
3. Clean, Declutter, and Stage Your Home
Timeframe: 4-1 week(s) out
Hopefully you’ve already started going through your possessions and picking out what to keep, what to donate, and what to discard. Continue to go through your entire home and remove the clutter from your closets and other storage spaces, deep clean your home, enhance your curb appeal, and pack any personal photos and heirlooms.
Since buyers go to showings expecting to see homes that look like models, personal items and decor can be distracting. Neutral home staging will target the tastes of all buyers. (As part of our home marketing plan, we offer professional home staging to make your potential home buyers say “wow!”)
When You’re Ready to List Your Home
After you’ve finished preparing your home to sell, it’s time to work with a reputable Realtor to come up with an aggressive marketing plan, take pictures to use in your home’s online listing page, and stick a “For Sale” sign in your yard.
4. Make Your Home Available for Showings
Buyers may want to tour your home at any time, so be prepared. Once your home is on the market, keep it neat, decluttered, and staged. You may also need to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
5. Work with Your Agent to Negotiate an Offer
Once you’ve received an offer to your home, talk to your agent about whether you should accept it or negotiate better terms. When you’ve reached an agreement, it’s time to tie up the loose ends and get ready for closing!
We’ll Help You Sell Your Home for More Money
Whether you own a home in Cary, Raleigh, or another town in the Triangle, we can help you sell for top dollar in a short time. We’ve helped many homeowners accomplish their home selling goals, and we can help you achieve yours, too. Check out our wealth of home selling resources to get started, and contact us when you’re ready to put your home on the market.