5 Things To Do in January to Get Your Home Ready for Sale in Sharon MA
If you know you want to sell your Sharon MA home in the Spring, now is the time to start planning. I'll be writing several posts to help you identify the steps to get your home ready. In this post, I want to focus on things you should do at the very start.
1. Call me at 781-883-3764 so we can meet and I can give you a market analysis of your Sharon MA home. This is the starting point for understanding the market value of your home. When you list your home with me, you will be hiring an experienced and knowledgeable Realtor who knows how to market your home to sell. I'll be with you through every step of the transaction and you'll know what's happening at all times.
2. Do you know where you will move when you sell your Sharon MA home? This may seem like an obvious question, but not everyone has the answer yet. If you don't know exactly where you want to move, this is the time to start looking. You may need to have a temporary housing and storage plan so you can accept an offer and sell your Sharon MA home. Consider apartment complexes that may rent month-to-month, or a residence hotel. A moving company may give you a month of free storage if you use them later for your move. Is this something you can plan to do financially?
3. Decide what stays and what goes. Yes, this is the hard part that some people call "decluttering". It's so much easier if you only pack the things you want to bring to your new home. Not only that, but when we list your Sharon MA home for sale it will look so much better to a potential buyer.
Depending on how long you've lived in your present home, this may be a lengthy process. Start now and work on one closet or room at a time. Call in a friend or an organizer if you need extra help. Many non-profit organizations will be happy to pick up your donations of clothing, furniture, toys, books and small appliances. Plus, you'll get a slip for a tax deduction!
Taming the paper we collect in our homes can be a challenge, too. If you can toss or shred papers you don't need, you won't have to bring it all to your new home. If there's too much to shred, try a mobile shredding company that comes to your house. Stores like OfficeMax have a low-cost shredding service. You just bring your papers to them.
4. Get packing supplies: Boxes, paper and packing tape. You can start to pack items you won't need until you've moved so they are ready to go when you are. Remember not to use a large box for books or it becomes too heavy to lift. You can buy packing supplies from many stores including office supply stores and moving and storage companies. Empty Xerox® paper boxes make great packing boxes that you might get for free from office supply stores. Don't forget to label the boxes!
5. Identify areas for repair or servicing: As your Realtor, I will walk through your home with you and help you identify areas which may need some repairs or servicing. We can discuss which will have the greatest impact on the sale price. Then, you can call some contractors and get estimates so you can decide what's appropriate for your budget. If you need the names of service professionals, I will be happy to provide some recommendations.
Start with these 5 steps in January to Get Your Home Ready for Sale in Sharon MA in the Spring!