It’s no exaggeration that selling your home keeps you busy. In the midst of staging, pricing, listing, and scheduling tours, it’s easy to overlook the details… like home security.
After all, while selling your home, you’re probably allowing dozens of strangers to come inside for tours.
And while most of them probably have good intentions, it might not be a bad idea to beef up your home’s security a little bit.
Here are a few ways to protect yourself and your belongings while still welcoming potential buyers into your home.
Showings by Appointment Only
When advertising your home for sale, be sure to use phrases like “appointment only” in your listing. Never allow anyone into your home unless they have a verified appointment with your Realtor.
It’s okay to be extra cautious during this time! We recommend being alert whenever you allow anyone new into your home. Continue reading
Maybe the thought of moving to a smaller, low-maintenance home has only briefly crossed your mind, or maybe you’re seriously considering downsizing. But before you trade your too-large house in for, say, a cozy condo downtown, there are a few things to consider.
Downsizing requires quite a bit of planning: You may need to figure out what to keep and what to discard, choose between the love seat and the sofa for your new living room, and determine which furniture pieces can serve multiple functions.
Here are a few downsizing tips to help you prepare to sell your current home.
Start Reducing Your Possessions Now
The sooner you are able to get rid of furniture, household items, and knickknacks you no longer use or need, the better off you’ll be. When you do decide to sell your home, you will thank yourself for spending a few hours a week decluttering now rather than waiting to do everything all at once.
There are countless home selling articles online that seem to contradict each other.
In this Huffington Post article, the month of May is the best time to sell. But in this Washington Post article, any time between December and March is the optimal time. And in this NerdWallet article, the right time to sell is between May and August.
Is there a right answer? And if you are interested in selling your home soon, should you start preparing your home now or wait until the weather gets colder?
Why Home Sellers Choose to List in the Summer
Every season has its benefits for home sellers.
Spring has traditionally been the time that homeowners put their homes on the market, since the weather is ideal for showings and curb appeal. However, online home searching makes it even easier for today’s buyers to explore available listings (and high-quality photos) at any time.
Let’s say you wanted to sell your home right now. You may be able to sell quickly and for more money because:
- Home buyers want to move before the new school year starts.
- Home buyers have fewer properties to choose from than in the springtime.
- Home buyers can schedule showings during the longer days.