Saturday, April 08, 2006

5 Steps to take Before Listing the Homestead

Preparation is key. Take the time to prepare yourself and your house before you list it. This will make the process smoother for you. Do your homework first.

Step 1: Research homes for sale in your local area. Read newspapers, check online, drive around your neighborhood and see how many houses are for sale. Is the market moving fast or slow?

Step 2: Compare your house to those on the market for price, value, condition before you discuss this with your Realtor.

Step 3: Research Realtors. Interview Realtors just as you would a new employee for your business. Ask for referrals. Talk to your friends and neighbors.

Be sure you are of like minds. Your Realtor is there to do the best job possible for you in a timely, professional manner.

Step 4: Determine if you need to make repairs, improvements to your property that would make selling easier – i.e., painting, minor repairs, tidy the house, clean out the garage, clean the pool etc.

Check your curb appeal. These things can be done inexpensively and the benefits will outweigh the cost.

Nancy Woodward is a realtor associate. Visit


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