Where to start:
Ensure you get the most from your home sale. Contact a reputable Realtor™ to perform a current market analysis of your property. A good agent will:
• Compare your home to similar properties sold in your area to determine the best price
• Identify needed repairs and worthwhile improvements
• Refer you to home inspectors, contractors, cleaning services, lenders and movers
• List your property and get it sold
• Begin your title work
• Assist you in finding your next home
• Help coordinate the details of your move
Editing your possessions:
You may need to “pare down” before the move. First, determine what you can’t part with, and what to give to family or friends. Divide the rest between charities and the dumpster. Take a hard, cold look at what you give. If you don’t think it’s worth keeping, it’s probably not worth giving! Most charities accept clothing and household items in good condition. Some welcome furnishings. Some even pick items up if you get on their schedule. Remember to get a receipt for your donation.
Ask your realtor to list repairs and improvements that will increase the desirability and value of your home. These can range from painting a room—to roof replacement. A wise realtor knows what’s needed to make your home competitive. They’re unlikely to suggest unnecessary expense. Check with your accountant to determine which fix-ups can apply to your “Cost of Sale,” to benefit you at tax time.
Staging Your Home:
Do all you can to make your home encourage buyers to “see themselves” as its new owners:
• Put away valuables. Pack up photos, personal items and everything you won’t need until after the move to cut the clutter
• Rearrange furniture to make rooms look spacious
• Open drapes and blinds to bring in light
• Reduce “stuff” in every closet by at least one-third
• Remember, the house that SMELLS BEST sometimes SELLS BEST
Work with your realtor to stage your home. Or ask them to refer you to staging professionals. Little touches can make big changes in your bottom line.
A World of Choices:
Downsizing but still want the autonomy of a single family home, townhome or condo? Your realtor can help. But if senior housing is what you need, contact Bonnie Clark at Twin Cities Senior Housing Guide: 651-690-3141, or go online to http://www.seniorhousingguide.us/