December 12th, 2011 12:23 PM by Eileen Denhard
Agents: What other elements do you encourage sellers to include in their listing plans?5. Get a head start on your ‘home’work. How much prep work your home needs really depends on its current condition. A good starting point for many sellers is to order an inspection. Most buyers will get their own inspection before closing a deal, but getting ahead of them with your own will help you avoid any unwanted surprises later on in the transaction. An inspection will give you a reality check on your home’s condition, enabling you to decide upfront whether it’s worth it to fix something now or simply reduce the price in consideration thereof.Your holiday vacation from work is a great time to: (a) obtain any advance inspections your real estate agent recommends, (b) have any reasonable repairs completed, (c) pre-pack and declutter your place, and (d) prettify your home’s curb appeal - painting the shutters and sprucing the landscaping goes a long way toward attracting buyers.Kudos, in advance, for taking the time now to prepare for your home sale in 2012! Selling in today’s market is no easy task, and doing the heavy lifting now - before your home goes on the market and, hopefully, while you're on vacation! - will help tremendously in making things go as smoothly, and profitably, as possible.