I understand that a lot of people are just not considering selling their property over the next couple of weeks. With Hanukkah, Christmas, and the new year looming before us, the last thing you want to worry about is staging and listing a home. But, if you're planning on selling, January or February, there are a few things you could be doing now to set yourself up for home selling success. Here are five things you could be doing in the next couple of weeks to prepare your home for a 2019 sale.
#1. Take a look at home values.
Condo and single-family home values do vary greatly throughout Miami and Brickell. It's important to understand what the market is currently doing. Feel free to give me a call and let's discuss home values for your area or building, as they can vary greatly from one building to another. There are several condo buildings in Brickell and Brickell Key right now that are going crazy, and if you have one of those units, you might benefit from selling sooner rather than later. Having a good idea of what the market is currently doing for your area and your building can help you plan for a more profitable sale.
#2. When you pack up holiday decorations, pack them up for good.
There are probably things you will not use until you move into your new home so start now by packing those items up in boxes, use packing supplies, and pack up any seasonal items that you know you won't use until next year. This is a great way to get a jumpstart on the packing process.
#3. Start interviewing agents.
I know that cramming in an interview over the next couple of weeks is probably the last thing on your list, but it might be a perfect time to do it. Be able to squeeze in a good hour or so of a real estate interview. Call if you up and ask them what they specialize in. Myself, I specialize in condominiums throughout Brickell, Miami Beach, Brickell Key, and the waterfront and in very proficient in home values, how to stage, and what today's buyers are looking for.
#4. Make a list… Check it twice.
If you have some time off for the holiday season, go through the house with a checklist of items that need to be replaced, updated, or repaired. There may be items that you've completely become blind to because you've gotten used to the house over the years. If you are unsure what needs to be repaired or replaced, have a trusted friend or your real estate agent accompany you through the house making notes and suggestions on what buyers might look for.
#5. Don't stress out.
That's almost impossible this time of year, but if you start planning early you can avoid a lot of stress and hassle in the new year. By fixing those little things one at a time as they come along or simply scheduling out your packing, staging, updating, or repairs, you'll be ready to list sometime in January or February. But… Don't forget to enjoy this holiday season.