Right now the housing market is hot, so you might be thinking that it’s the perfect time to sell your home. To ensure you get top dollar for your home, you’ll want to have it in tip-top shape before you list it. Here are 4 steps to take before you put your house on the market to guarantee it will sell fast and for a great price.

 

Hire the right realtor

 An experienced realtor can make all the difference when it comes to a smooth buying and selling process. Ask for recommendations from your friends and family and do your research before committing to a realtor. A good realtor won’t try to sugar coat things but will be upfront and honest about what your home is worth and what you need to do in order to sell it.

 

List at a competitive price

Even though there is a high demand for houses in a lot of areas, you still want to make sure that you’re listing at a fair price to avoid having your home sitting on the market for a long time. When a home has been on the market for more than three weeks with no offers, interest starts to wane and it could raise red flags for potential buyers. Researching comps in the area will help you and your realtor nail down a competitive list price.

 

Remove clutter and depersonalize your home

 You want buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your home, which is why removing unnecessary items and personal photographs is a good idea before you list. Excess items can be placed in storage until you’re ready to move.

 

Clean and stage your home

 A clean and beautifully decorated home is inviting to buyers, leaving them more likely to put in an offer. If you don’t have the time to do all the work yourself, consider hiring a professional housekeeper and stager to ensure your home is always looking its best for showings.

Prior to listing your home, you’ll also want to take care of any necessary repairs and maintenance issues like peeling paint or leaky faucets. A home that looks inviting and well-cared-for is more likely to sell quickly and for a higher price.