Spring is just around the corner in Chicago. If you're thinking of selling your home there are a number of things you should do now to prepare.
As Soon As Possible:
Hire a real estate agent. Find a pro with the confidence and a proven track record for getting top dollar for your home. Like me!
Make a plan. Work with your agent to create a timeline, marketing plan, and a to-do list.
Pack. Depersonalize and declutter. Use the plan created in step 2 to get your house ready to list. Rent a storage space if necessary but the goal is to allow a potential buyer to envision themselves in the space.
2-3 Months Before Listing
Uncover issues. Want to beat buyers to the punch list? Get a pre-sale home inspection. Of course, your buyer’s home inspector will still find things that need to be done. But being proactive enables you to identify potential deal breakers so you can adjust your timeline and budget accordingly. With your home inspection report in hand, work with your real estate agent to prioritize the findings. It’s always less expensive to repair or replace something up front than to wait for the buyer to ask for that in inspection requests.
1 Month Before Listing
First impressions count.Breathe new life into your home with a fresh coat of paint, and pay close attention to curb appeal. Ask your real estate agent to refer a reputable home stager to help you incorporate today’s trends. Remember, you’re not going to live here anymore and it really doesn’t matter what colors you like. What matters is what buyers are looking for right now.
1–2 Weeks Before Listing
Deep Clean. Save this step until it’s almost time to install the for sale sign in your yard. Don't forget the exterior of your home and to spruce up the landscaping!