If you’ve been paying attention to the market, you know now is the perfect time to be a seller. But with fast-moving houses, it can feel like a whirlwind process. This is where we can help you! Make sure your selling process goes as smoothly and successfully as possible by following these four essential steps before putting your home on the market.

1. Find a great agent

In search of a agent may not seem obvious first step before listing, but the truth is that a knowledgeable real estate agent can benefit from the whole process. An agent can help you understand the specifics of your local market, know which repairs to make (and which to skip) and can help you prepare for a sale that maximizes your return on investment. An agent with strong local knowledge can ensure that your home is prepared and that you take the most appropriate steps for your market.

Your agent can also give you insight into the sales process itself. From explaining the contingencies you and the buyer will likely ask, to the inspection process, to what to expect at closing, your agent can make sure you’re comfortable with the process before to begin.

2. Declutter and depersonalize

No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, it’s easy to start adding personal touches to it. But when it comes to selling time, potential buyers want to see uncluttered, depersonalized, and open spaces. The goal is to let the potential buyer imagine themselves in the house, which is easier when given a relatively blank slate.

Don’t underestimate the importance of decluttering either. Most of us think of getting rid of piles of paper and visible objects on counters and surfaces, but in reality, it should go further. For example, cleaning out closets can make them look bigger and more functional. Doing the same for garages can also have a big impact.

This may seem like a difficult task to accomplish, but according to HomeLighyoudecluttering alone can increase your expected asking price by as much as $2,500.

3. Apply a new coat of paint

Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to make your home look refreshed and well-maintained for potential buyers. Especially if you have very personal color choices in your home, painting in a neutral color can make your home feel more spacious and clean, while giving potential buyers the ability to imagine themselves in the space.

Light colors tend to accentuate the natural light in the home and make your space appear larger to potential buyers. When making your paint color choices, stick to light blues, grays and greens, as these colors tend to make potential buyers feel better and calmer when they visit your home.

4. Thoroughly clean the entire space

More importantly, you’ll need a deep clean from top to bottom. From sometimes overlooked and hard to reach places like the tops of ceiling fans and the undersides of appliances, to your more traditional spots the whole house needs to be deep cleaned before people walk in for the best first impression.

If you don’t hire a cleaning service regularly, now may be a great time to consider a professional deep cleaning of your home, ensuring it’s ready for a parade of visitors without adding to your already busy schedule. .