Preparing to sell your home in 2018

At this time of year, many homeowners start thinking about selling in the upcoming year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

LOVELAND – At this time of year, many homeowners start thinking about selling in the upcoming Spring or Summer. If you are one of them, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. The tips below will help make your future home sale just a little bit easier.

Delay furniture purchases
Since you’re going to be moving soon, it’s best not to add to the amount of furniture included in that move. Wait until after the move and select new furniture to be delivered directly to your new home. This will save in moving costs and eliminate the potential for those new items getting damaged in the move.

Avoid additional décor
Every home has different needs when it comes to the décor. Any new items that you purchase now may not fit with your new home’s layout or design. Plus, you don’t want to add any new pieces that could damage your walls and require repair before selling. Save yourself the money and additional work by avoiding the purchase
or installation of any new
home décor.

Don’t adopt any new pets
New pets are a popular family holiday surprise. However, they do make selling your home a little more complicated. First, pets come with belongings, which can add clutter to your home. Secondly, it’s best to remove pets from your home during showings. So, a new pet could make scheduling showing appointments more complicated and less convenient for you. Consider waiting until after you move before adopting a new pet.

Don’t accumulate more debt
You will naturally spend a little bit more money than usual during the holiday months. Try to be conservative with your spending. Credit card debt could impact your ability to purchase a new home. Your credit score can also affect qualification for certain mortgage programs and interest rates.

Start decluttering
It’s never too soon to start packing! This can be a great way to get organized, declutter, and prepare your home for future showings. We all know that packing takes time, so getting a head start can significantly reduce your stress.

Tackle repairs
Repairs are another important aspect of prepping your home for sale. Don’t wait until the last minute to start identifying and addressing needed repairs. Slowly work your way through the list over the next several months. You’ll be so glad you did!

Request a home valuation
If you’re curious about what your home is currently worth or what you can do to improve its value, a real estate agent is your best resource. By knowing what your current home is worth, you can figure out what home you can afford next.

By Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland. Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail suzanneplewes@remax.net.