Home for saleIf you’ve been thinking about selling your home for a while, 2017 is definitely the year for it. Stop dreaming of your perfect home and go out and find it. Follow these 7 tips to get yourself on the right path.

1. Allocate a real estate agent

Your ideal real estate agent will be one who returns all of your calls, as well as one that has a solid track record in selling houses. Look at the agents within the local area and create a shortlist of the ones you like the most. Speak with them individually and then settle on the one that you strike the best relationship with.

Remember – you shouldn’t be scared off by agents who charge slightly more than others. If they’ve got a great manner, fantastic background and strong understanding of marketing strategy, they’re worth the money.

What to look for in a Real Estate Agent

2. Remove any excess clutter

As a buyer, there’s nothing worse than stepping over the threshold into a property that’s full of clutter. Remove any old magazines from the sides and wipe down the surfaces in your kitchen to make sure they’re looking their best.

If you’re too attached to the clutter in your home, consider renting a storage box as an alternative to throwing it away.

3. Make the right first impressions

They say that first impressions last and that’s particularly true with property. The first thing that many prospective buyers will see is your garden, so make sure it’s in top condition.

Mow the lawn, repaint your fences and hang a few flower baskets by your doorway. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, consider hiring a painter or professional landscape gardener. If it helps to get your home sold, it’s a good investment.

4. Scout out your competition

One of the best ways to find out what you should be doing yourself is by looking at your competition. Pick up on their successes and learn from their mistakes.

Did they have a floral display that really brought the room to life? Get one. Were there scuffs on the walls that made the room feel unclean? Paint yours.

5. Plan ahead – way ahead

What have you got planned for 2017? Although you might be hoping that your home gets taken off the market straight away by some keen buyers, this isn’t always the case.

If you’ve got holidays booked in already, lucky you – but you should also plan around them and make your agent aware of the dates you’re away so that they can take on any extra work as needed.