I just heard from my longtime friend, Paul, who shared the news that he and his wife had just sold their beautiful house and would be moving in a few weeks. I was surprised to hear this because their sweet little craftsman was their empty-nester home, the smaller place they’d down-sized into after their kids had grown and gone and begun families of their own. Plus, Paul’s green thumb had turned the yard into a real standout. But things change and now, to be closer to the grandkids, a move was in order.
I’m thrilled for my friends, of course. In our red-hot real estate market they got multiple offers and, no surprise, sold for over-asking. I expect there’ll be an invite to a housewarming party soon.
Whether they’d planned to or not, Paul and his wife were part of an annual ritual: the spring/summer selling season. That’s the time of year when flowers start to bloom and for-sale signs sprout on front lawns everywhere – even your friends’.
Deciding to sell your home isn’t a choice you make lightly. In addition to knowing exactly why you want to move, you need to find a broker, prep and primp your home for sale, and understand who today’s buyers are and what they’re looking for so your home can showcase it and make it stand out from the others on the market .
If that all sounds like a lot to consider, well, it is. But the process of selling a home is much easier when you know what to expect.
Here is a checklist to help get your home ready to sell for top dollar.
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