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Start the selling journey confident on how to prepare and list your home for sale.

Have you decided that you're ready to sell your home? If so, you might be feeling a mixture of emotions ranging from excitement to intimidation. The selling process can be a long and complicated one, but it doesn't have to be with the right agent and resources! This helpful guide will give you tips on the best practices for preparing your home for the market and getting it listed.

​​​​​​​Preparing Your Home for Market​​​​​​​

Unfortunately, you can't just stick a "for sale" sign in front of your house the moment you're ready to sell. Preparing a home for the market is a significant part of the selling process — one that your agent should know inside and out. Once you've decided to sell your home, the first thing you'll need to do is dissociate yourself and sever your emotional ties to the house as much as possible.

Part of the preparation process involves decluttering and depersonalizing your home. The most important thing to do when selling is to ensure your house doesn't hold mementos of its past owners. You want to make it as easy as possible for the prospective buyer to envision what their furniture and family will look like in the space.


How do you prepare your home for the market?

  • Pack up photos, family heirlooms, and any vibrant furniture (you want to go for an understated look)

  • Declutter your space with a particular focus on the kitchen, which tends to be one of the main draws for buyers

    • Consider donating items, which can be tax-deductible 

  • Rent storage space if you need to

  • Make basic repairs; now is the time to patch that hole in the wall or fix the leaky faucet in the bathroom

  • Your house should be the cleanest it has ever been

    • Wax floors 

    • Vacuum carpets

    • Dust

    • Add a fresh coat of paint to places that need it

  • Consider curb appeal

    • The exterior of your home is equally as important, if not more so, than the interior — it's the first thing people see!

      • Mow the lawn, weed-whack, trim bushes and trees, landscape

      • Pave the walkway if it needs it, or fix cracks in the concrete

      • Add some flowers, a decorative door wreath, or a welcome mat

It's not until you finish all of those things that you and your agent will consider whether or not you need professional staging services.


What Does Listing Your Home Entail?

You'll hear the term "listing" often when you're dealing with real estate of any kind. So, what exactly does it mean for an agent to list your home for sale? Selling a home is about more than a few signs posted throughout your neighborhood (although those are important, too). 

Agents traditionally use a Market Listing Service (MLS) to advertise homes. This system lets sellers and fellow brokers browse properties listed for comparative pricing strategies and widely distribute information on your home to buyer's agents. 

When you and your agent sit down to discuss your home's price, that's generally when the agent will start talking about the MLS and its many functions. Listing a home through MLS marks the real beginning of the selling process, which is why your property must be 100% ready for market before it goes live. 

During the preparation, you'll want to ask your agent any questions you might have regarding paperwork, selling, and otherwise.

Generally, the entire selling process takes around three to six months. If things start to slow down after a few weeks, don't get discouraged! Working with an experienced agent like Jacob Neuman means you have someone on your side who knows how to restrategize and make adjustments if needed. Once your house is on the market, your agent will start to host showings, follow up with buyers, and market your home. 

If you’re ready to get started selling your home today, contact Jacob Neuman to begin your journey.

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