Now that the housing market is operating at all time highs, 2022 is a great time to downsize your home if you’re looking to get top dollar for your property while moving to a property that is a better fit your current needs. Although the home downsizing process may seem overwhelming and stressful, with the right mindset, you can turn it into a self care like activity.
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Effective decluttering tips to reduce stress
Before showing your home to prospective buyers, you’ll need to declutter and depersonalize your home so that buyers can evision what the home will be like when they move in. Buyers love spaciousness so you’ll need to remove any stacks of magazines, junk that’s scattered across countertops, and any clunky items that are taking up floor space. You’ll even want to remove coasters, hair ties, and trinkets on nightstands.
After clearing out your space, deep cleaning your home is a must. This means breaking out the mop, duster, and vacuum to scour every inch of your home so it becomes spotless. If you don’t feel up to getting your hands dirty, you can hire a cleaning service for a couple hundred dollars on average.
While hiring a cleaning service is an investment, the cleaning can add thousands to the resale value of your home, plus your space will be much more comfortable.
Boost your home’s curb appeal
Since you only have one chance to make a great first impression when showing your home to buyers, it’s important to boost your home’s curb appeal with quality landscaping and decorative accents on your home’s exterior. For example, a fresh coat of paint on your door can make it look like new, and give off a welcoming vibe to visitors.
In addition to painting your home, you can make your home more attractive to buyers with basic landscaping touches such as performing basic yard care (cutting the lawn, weed control, spreading fertilizer), spreading bark mulch to help plants grow, and tidying the landscaping on shrubs, walkways, and flower beds.
For many, gardening is a relaxing hobby that also enables homeowners to get fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. You can get started by purchasing potted plants from your local home improvement store or florist and placing them in strategic spots throughout your front yard.
Let the home selling experts handle the sale process
The final tip we have on helping to make selling your home less stressful is to hire a real estate agent to handle the entire home selling process. Since selling a home is a complicated task that can easily turn into a full-time job for homeowners, the majority of home sales are handled by real estate agents.
While going for the for sale by owner route means you won’t need to pay an agent’s commission, you can still lose out because agents are able to negotiate better offers for their clients. When you work with a real estate agent, you can focus on improving your property and making it look great, while the real estate agent handles the paperwork, buyer showings, negotiations, and more.