Sell a Home, Not a House

One of the great ironies ofselling your house is that you must get it in such great condition that you mayask yourself why you would even want to move out. Your focus right now may beon your own dream home, but consider your current house as someone else’s dreamhome, and start preparing it for them. Putting a little work into it now makesthe entire process of selling your house much more profitable for you in thelong run.

Who Else Do You Need On Your Team?

While a great real estateagent is key to selling your home, you will actually be employing a team ofspecialists to get you through the process. Your real estate agent iswell-connected and in many cases they will be able to recommend people who willhandle all the services that go with fixing-up and selling your home,including: lenders, pest control specialists, home warranty companies,inspection companies, contractors, and plumbers.

Timing It Right

When you are selling yourhome and buying a new one at the same time, the ability to juggle theresponsibilities of both can protect you from headaches. Avoid having to handletwo giant chores at once by starting early. Make a list of whom you need tonotify about your change of address, including utility companies and creditcard companies. Start packing the knick-knacks and off-season items you won’tbe needing before the move. If you can start doing repairs around the home asearly as possible -- even a full year prior to the sale of your home -- youwill be able to avoid a huge bill right before the sale.

Lighten The Load

As you begin packing to move to your new home,the realization will probably hit you like a ton of bricks: You have a ton ofstuff. Rather than packing it all and lugging it to your new house just tostuff it into the garage and closets, lighten your load and make your moveeasier. A garage sale is a great way to unload lots of your little-used itemsand make a little extra cash to spend on decorating your new home. You can alsosell some of your rarer possessions on auction sites such as Ebay. You may geta pretty penny for old toys and books which might have sold for a lesser priceat your garage sale. Also consider donating furniture and clothing to charity.You’ll be doing something good for yourself and for others.

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