1. You’ll be ready to list when no one else is.
While home buyers start to emerge in late winter or early spring, most home sellers are a few weeks or months behind, so it’s often advantageous to list your home on the market before everyone else. Having less competition from other homes for sale is always beneficial to a seller.
2. Preparing your home for sale will be much less stressful.
Even well-maintained homes will have repairs that need to be done before selling: minor items like a furnace service or touchup paint are easy enough to do, but when you have a list of fifteen “minor” items to do before listing, it can start to be a lot to juggle. Be nice to yourself and spread these items out over a few months.
3. You won’t waste time and money on upgrades that don’t matter.
We often meet with clients and talk them out of upgrades that they thought would improve their home’s value, when in fact those items wouldn’t represent a good return for the investment, or other repairs were much more important.
4. You’ll have plenty of time to pack, pack, pack.
The number one thing we tell our home sellers is to start packing up. Everyone has too much stuff, so it’s never too early to start packing so that buyers can focus on your home and not your junk.
* We help our clients with this by providing free moving boxes so it’s easy to get started! *
5. You’ll have time to formulate a plan for buying and selling concurrently.
Selling the home you have and finding the home you want – with the timing and budget that works for you – takes careful planning on the part of you, your agent, and your lender. There’s a variety of strategies for this, but we need to discuss your situation thoroughly to know which one is right for you.
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