Instead of waiting until you are ready to have a real estate agent place a for sale sign in your front yard, you are going to want to start prepping your home for sale. This way, when the agent does come to create a listing for you, he or she will know what they are working with and the best possible pictures of your home will be able to be taken.
Tidy Up Some
This is going to require you to do much more than just fluff some pillows or straighten up the curtains in the windows. You need to tidy up in the sense that you are cleaning out the clutter. Store your extra decorations, supplies, and other things in a rented storage unit or in the garage of a friend or family member. While you can leave some decorations hanging on the wall, you want to make sure that you are not overdoing it. You will also need to remove all family photos from the house. This way, when potential buyers are walking through your home, they will have an easier time envisioning themselves there. If pictures of your family are plastered all over the place, they might have a much harder time doing this.
Freshen Up With A Coat Of Paint
Freshening up the place with a coat of paint on the railings, steps, trim work, and wherever else in the home that needs it is crucial. This is not only visually appealing to your potential buyers, but it also gives them the sense that you have taken great care of the home. If there are dirty hand prints all over the railings and chipped paint on the stairs, it can appear as though you have not done a thing with the place after you moved into it. If you are not able to take the time to paint the home yourself, you will want to find a professional painter and work his or her services into your budget. The payoff from the sale of you property will be worth it in the end.
Listen To The Agent
Once you are ready to list your home with a real estate agent, you will need to ensure that you are listening to their advice. He or she will walk through your home to look for things that you could improve to either increase the value of the home or to get it to sell quicker. Listen to this advice, as your real estate agent probably has much more experience with selling homes than you do.
When you do those simple things, you will find that it is going to be much easier to sell your home—even if it is a tough market out there.