5 Things You Need To Do Before Selling Your Home

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If you are one of the many people planning to put your home on the market in the next few months, it is time to start getting busy. 

Preparing your home to sell is not an overnight process and the sooner you get started, the better your home will look. 

These 5 tips will keep you focused and will keep your home looking its best:

Select An Agent
While we all think we know best, getting an agent involved early will save you time and help you plan.  Ask your agent to pull a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) to give you an indication of your home value and ask them to give you some tips for staging your home to sell.  Between your first meeting and the time you are ready to list, that value may change.

Make A Plan
What is your ideal time frame?  Determine when you want to list and what needs to be done before you hit the market.  Then, make a schedule and stick to it.

Make Repairs
Your busted faucet will still be busted come the inspection.  Instead of risking a bad first-impression, fix it now and get it over with.  Do a full sweep of your place to make sure everything is in working order.  Refinish hardwood floors, replace caulking, and touch up your baseboards to keep your home looking pristine.

Neutralize
Getting ready to sell means that it is time to say goodbye to your .  Buyers get distracted by personal photos and memorabilia.  And while that black and white bathroom may look very chic to you, it may remind a potential buyer more of prison than of your good taste.  Paint the walls neutral colors and take out any decor that could be distracting.

Remove Clutter
Whether or not your home looks like an episode of Hoarders, you own too many things.  If you are planning to move anyway, you may as well start packing.  Overstuffed closets, excess furniture, and your holiday decor are best put in storage.  It will make your home look more spacious and save you time in the long run.

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