Starting the Home Selling Process in 2019

starting the home selling process

It may still be early in the year, but here’s no time like the present to start the home selling process for 2019. Knoxville’s real estate market has been growing steadily, but predictions for this year include slowly rising mortgage rates and the possibility of economic downturn. If you’re planning to put your home on the market in the coming months, you may expect picky buyers with many other homes to choose from.

Starting early will ensure that you get the most out of your property in a crowded real estate landscape. Using the steps outlined below, get ahead of the home selling process so you and your home are well-prepared.

Starting the Home Selling Process in 2019

We’ve helped countless families buy and sell their homes throughout Knoxville and the surrounding communities. Here are our best tips for making the experience as painless as possible.

Find a Reputable Real Estate Agent

Though you could navigate the real estate market on your own, your best ally in starting the home selling process in 2019 will be your realtor. The process can be complex and frustrating, but an experienced and trustworthy real estate agent will help to make selling your property go as smoothly as possible.

If you don’t already have an agent, ask for recommendations or look at customer reviews for local agencies. Be sure to interview your potential realtors. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions and ask for references from recent clients. You should be able to feel confident in the person you select.

Schedule an Early Home Inspection

Home inspections typically occur after you’ve selected a real estate agent. Sometimes, however, having your home inspected in advance can prevent unexpected delays on the path to a quick sale. If you have worries about your home’s overall condition an early inspection can point out any needed repairs that you’ll have to deal with.

Though home buyers usually request their own inspection regardless, having advanced warning about any problems with your home can save you money and effort in the long run.

Make Smart Renovation Choices

With your realtor’s and home inspector’s recommendations in mind, it’s time to begin home improvements. Needed repairs should come first, followed by any cosmetic changes to make your space feel fresher and more current.

While bathroom and kitchen renovations make a huge impression, they are also very expensive. In the end, you may not get back the money you spend on such extensive upgrades. Find out which home renovations provide the best ROI and focus on what will make your home look more competitive to buyers without spending a fortune.

Not all of your changes have to be major, like painting the interior of your home in Living Coral (this year’s pantone color). You can also make small, but valuable upgrades with good ROI, like new kitchen and bathroom fixtures, installing energy-efficient appliances, or putting in a new garage door.

Deep Clean and De-Clutter

Many buyers can be awfully picky when examining a potential home. You should expect anyone who comes over to take everything in with a critical eye.

Before potential buyers start viewing your home or come to an open house, be sure your space is as presentable as possible. That means removing clutter, organizing what remains, and performing a deep clean. You want your home to feel open, well-maintained, and move-in ready. A more appealing home will encourage a better price and faster sale.

Build More Curb Appeal

Remember that spring is considered the best time to sell a home, which is also the best time to show off the exterior of your house as well. A lush lawn and vibrant flowers will make a positive impression. Also consider a fresh round of landscaping or plants and shrubbery to complement an outdoor living space. Curb appeal can make a notable difference in a home’s attractiveness and sale price. Potential buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home. A tidy, welcoming yard and front walk will help to generate a good impression about your property before they even step inside.

Holloway-Westerling is Knoxville’s most trusted realtor group. We’re your best bet when starting the home selling process in 2019. Contact us to set up an appointment.

(This post was originally published on 1/24/17. It has since been updated.)

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