We've hosted dozens of downsizing and home sale seminars over the years, and we've gathered our fair share of tips from professionals. Here's a look at three we consistently hear. If you have questions about downsizing and moving, please contact our marketing team. Our moving coordination specialist has lots of resources and expert advice, too!
1. Shop for a Savvy Realtor
Interview several realtors and ask them about their average time to sale, what digital platforms they would use to list your home, and look at some of their listings. Do they showcase their homes with well-lit photos? Do they use engaging language in their descriptions? Do they sell often in your neighborhood and price range? Then, research their performance on the internet. They should have a strong presence online.
2. Hire a Handyman
Updating paint and fixtures in your bathrooms and kitchen are also important for creating a strong impression. Ask your friends for recommendations or contact us for suggestions. Realtors particularly recommend re-painting rooms that have dark or unusual wall colors in neutral tones, creating a blank slate for the buyers.
3. Curb Appeal and Clutter
Curb appeal and your entrance set the tone and create an important impression before buyers even get to your updated bathroom. Could your yard use some new sod, shrubs and flowers? How does your mailbox look? Likewise, declutter, organize and decorate your entryway. Finally, even a well-kept house can use a deep cleaning. A cleaning service is an inexpensive way to make a big difference, especially in bathrooms where mildew can be a real turnoff.
Your entryway probably isn't the only space that could use a bit of decluttering. Rooms with less in them look larger and brighter. Likewise, remove items that are personal to you, such as political posters, family photos, and collections. The idea is to create a home where buyers can envision themselves living. Decluttering is not fun to start, but new residents often tell us they found the process cathartic and freeing once they began. Don't hesitate to call us for local downsizing specialists and resources.