Sometimes, life can be unpredictable, and you may have to move suddenly. Other times, you may have several months to prepare ahead of your move. The more advance notice you have, the better it is since there are so many things you need to do to get your home ready for the market, sell it, and then move. Here are some important reasons to start planning your move as early as possible.
You Can Choose When To List Your Home
Having your home on the market during peak home-buying season could result in a quicker sale at a better price. A lot of people move during the summer between school years. That means they're looking for a home to buy in the spring and summer months. People buy homes during all months of the year, but your home will probably be exposed to more buyers when it's on the market during the busy season, and that could mean there will be more competition for your home, which is more favorable for you.
You'll Have Time To Make Improvements
When you have several months before you have to move, you'll be able to make repairs yourself at your own pace. Of course, you'll need a contractor for certain repairs, but things like painting and doing cosmetic improvements of your home and yard can be done by you on weekends. You want your home to be as attractive as possible to buyers, and that doesn't always mean you have to spend a lot of money on upgrades. Instead, you may just need to invest a lot of time and labor into cleaning, painting, and tidying up your property. Spreading out the work over months could make improvements easier on your finances, too.
You Can Declutter And Pack In Advance
Putting your home on the market is stressful enough, but you also have to deal with packing up your house. Packing is much easier if you can spread it over several months. When you pack up excess household goods you don't need, you can move them into storage so your home looks less cluttered when it's time for people to tour your house. By thinning out your closets, removing some furniture, and getting rid of cooking supplies and other household items that aren't needed, you'll have a lot of your packing done in advance and your home will be less cluttered and look bigger and cleaner. Plus, it's easier to paint and do other improvements when there's less clutter in your way.
Having months to prepare your home for the market is usually best when it's possible so that you can present your home in its best light for buyers. If you start work on your house months in advance and then decide you don't want to move or your house won't sell, you're not really out anything since you'll be left with a home that's clean, decluttered, and more comfortable for living.
For more information or to sell your home, contact a real estate agent.