Whether you’re selling for the first time or you’re a moving pro, buying and selling your home can be stressful. Heckenberg Realty knows this and is ready to make the process for you as smooth as possible. Follow this cheat sheet to enjoy your new home without getting bogged down by the process.
Decide if now is the time to buy and sell
Another factor to consider when going through the home buying and selling process is seasonality. People usually like to buy in the late spring and summer, as they don’t have to worry about school schedules. Also, buying in the winter can be difficult when trying to move in harsher elements like snow and rain.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide when to buy and sell. Some personal factors that may impact when you make the step to buy and sell are your own timeline, your financial situation, and the condition and equity of the house you currently own. Once you’ve planned for these things, you’re one step closer to searching for San Mateo real estate.
Weigh when to buy and sell
Buying before selling
Selling before buying
Work with a real estate agent
When you’re getting ready to buy and sell your home, having a real estate agent like those at Heckenberg Realty is a serious asset. When getting ready to sell your home, real estate agents will be able to help you with things like staging, photography for marketing your home online, coming up with a competitive price for your home, and finding buyers. They’ll also help you with listing and showing the house.
Real estate agents are just as valuable when buying a home. They’ll have a deep knowledge of the area you’re interested in, and can find many homes that fit your needs. A real estate agent will also help you through the paperwork that comes with closing and will be able to read and explain contracts for you to help you make the best decision.
Prepare your home to list
Preparing your home to list is crucial to attracting the largest number of buyers to your property. One thing to do is stage your home. Deep clean by mopping, vacuuming, removing stains from the carpet, and dusting off cabinets and shelves. Declutter by donating and throwing away items you don’t use, and rent a storage unit to keep large pieces of furniture and boxed items. Increase curb appeal by maintaining landscaping, power washing walkways, and freshening up the front entrance. Depersonalize spaces by taking down family photos and packing personal items.
You’ll also want to prepare your home by making repairs. Before you can sell, a potential buyer will often get a home inspection. Depending on what’s found, it can seriously impact the sale price of the home. Complete small repairs like filling holes in walls, fixing leaky faucets, and replacing broken light bulbs. Then consider what big repairs to do (if there are any) such as fixing the roof, repairing old or damaged plumbing, fixing electrical problems, or repairing anything that may be a deal breaker for a buyer.
Get pre-approved before buying
If you’re buying before selling and don’t have the extra cash of a sale, another option for making a down payment is a HELOC. A HELOC also uses the value of your home as collateral, and you can pay it off with the sale of your home. With these steps, you’ll be ready to move into San Mateo real estate.