More often than not if you are thinking about selling your home, you’ve been thinking about it for some time. For most people It is a gradual process beginning with watching homes that come on to the market in a town that you like. And then progressing to spending occasional Sundays ging through open houses, and then expands into a full-blown ‘we want to move’ Idea. The sequence of whether you buy first and then sell, or sell first and then buy. The general rule in an Appreciating Market is to buy first and then sell and in a depreciating market sell firs then buy. Its always best to do the ‘hardest’ action first . So when the market is appreciating and inventory is low, with competing offers regularly, you should buy first because that is the one that is hardest to do, When you’ve successfully bought, then selling is a breeze because inventory is low and its easier to sell in that type of Market.
Preparation is key to maximize your net dollars from a sale. The goal is to have your home looking as clean and move-in ready as possible. Most buyers want a home they can just move in, unpack, and begin enjoying their new home. Make sure your home is presented as well as you would want it to look if you had your boss, and your bosses boss, and further up the chain of command in your organization coming to pay a visit. Yards should be weeded and cleaned, rocks should be refreshed, Front door should be cleaned and tidy with a fresh coat of paint, windows should be cleaned, pathways cleared of overhanging trees and swept front porch. First Impressions are really important. So get to work on all the little projects that you know need to be done.