7 Things to Know and Do Prior to Listing your Franklin Home
So you must either be considering to sell your home or you really like to be educated on local real estate knowledge. Either way, the 7 Things to Know and Do Prior to Listing your Franklin Home are right below so enjoy.
- Inspect - Walk around your home with your smartphone and take a moment to get out of your comfort zone and act like a visitor to your home instead of the owner. What we are going for here is to not take your normal paths and let your eyes really wander to find things that you walk by daily that need some repairs. The smartphone is so that you can take photos and document the home tour. You can even use Evernote the app to save these photos and eventually make a punch-list of items that may need further evaluation or repair by you or your handyman. If you need help with this step, Your Relocation Engineer can assist as we walk and tour many homes we know what to look for. Our earlier blog about 14 Tips to Improve Your Franklin TN Home Inspection Results could prove to be important to review here for details on what to look for. In an older home that appears to have deferred routine maintenance I would advise that you have a home inspector come out and give you a punch list. But in MOST cases you can do this yourself and with the help of Your Relocation Engineer.
- DeClutter - You need for your home to look it's best and it will be competing for the buyer traffic with new construction homes in many cases that have high end custom designers creating "dream homes" for clients to tour and imagine owning. So no matter how important your train collection is and how period accurate each piece is that you display in your living room, you need to consider to declutter and remove personal items to make the home appealing to everyone and let them imagine it as their own. That is hard to do with a 79 piece historic train set or a stuffed deer head above the fireplace. The de-cluttering can spill over into your garage, but not into the closets. Your Relocation Engineer prefers to have the closets thinned as well as the rooms and so if it is required then consider to have a storage building rented or a large garage sale.
- Financial - Contact your lender and ask them for an approximate payoff. Recall any dealings that you may have had with the lender like deferred interest or allowances that they may have provided you due to the weakened economy or a loss of a job. Those deferments may not show up in your simple payoff request. Divorced or have a recently deceased spouse? Contact us and we can have a Title search performed to make sure that you have clear title to transfer and make sure the their are no surprises from a Divorce Decree. You need to understand here that you can afford to sell the home and it makes sense to sell.
- Repairs - Schedule to have any repairs made so that they can be done on your schedule and in the fashion that you want them done rather than after a home inspection and the future buyer is looking over your shoulder at how a repair is done. For example a single cracked tile that could be replaced as a single tile could turn into an entire floor tile replacement.
- Curb Appeal - Start watering your lawn, trimming the hedges, and getting that curb appeal up so that when we market the property the front has a stunning appearance for the photographer session and for the future potential buyer visits.
- Home Valuation - If you are considering to sell you are also interested to know about how much the home will bring in the current market. There are algorithm based valuations like this, and Zillow runs their Z-estimates on their website as do others, but the best way to get your value for the current LOCAL market is through a professional in home valuation performed by The Relocation Engineer.
- Updates - There are some very affordable updates that you can do to prepare your home for that WOW factor or to eliminate any concerns with outdated items. A few simple upgrades that are not all that expensive could be to eliminate golden plumbing fixtures. A master bathroom can be completely upgraded for about $1000 and yet it is a big hurdle to overcome in a buyers eyes when they see an outdated bath. This holds true for light fixtures in the main rooms like the living room, foyer and dining room, however the price is a bit higher in this area.
Finally, you should if you have not already, start talking to a professional with experience.
- Interview - Contract with The Relocation Engineer, Mike Grumbles, to do a professional job of marketing your home in the most positive light and to explain to you how the current market conditions play into the sale of your home. The Relocation Engineer operates multiple Websites, Facebook pages, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, YouTube Channel, and Twitter. All of these are leveraged in the marketing of your home.
If you have decided that you would like to get a free in-home consultation for selling your home, then please call The Relocation Engineer, Mike Grumbles, at 615-587-5843 to schedule that appointment today.