If you are thinking of selling your Newton home this spring or even within the next couple of years you might want to consider doing the following suggestions now:
Have a pre inspection-It is wise to have a licensed home inspector do a pre inspection of your home so that there are no surprises. Once an offer has been negotiated and agreed upon between Buyer and Seller, it is typical to allow the Buyer to have a home inspection before signing the Purchase and Sales Agreement. A Buyer will often use items found in a home inspection to negotiate the price down, or worse, back out of a deal. That is why it is wise to make sure that Sellers are aware of any large issues that may effect the sale of their house ahead of time so that they can fix those items.
Reduce Clutter-It is never too soon to start reducing clutter in your home. Begin by eliminating piles of paper. Throw out clothes and items that you no longer use. Weed out items on counters, tables, bureaus, refrigerator,etc. Go through your basement and attic and get rid of items that you have no need for. Whether you are selling now or in the near future, you will be happy that you started now.
Have a Market Analysis Done-If you want to know the value of your home, have a licensed Real Estate Professional do a market analysis of your home. This will help you determine what you might net and if now is the right time for you to sell.
Have a Title V Inspection-If you are thinking of sellling within the next 2 years you should have a Title V inspection done on your septic system now. This way you will know if your system passes or not. If it does not, you will have to take care of that since most mortgage companies will require a pasing Title V . Replacing or repairing a septic system can be quite costly. If you do this ahead of time you will be able to bid it out for a better price.
Consult with a Professional Home Stager- You can start with an affordable report and consultation. A professional home stager can help you optimize the showing power of your home by keying in on how a Buyer will experience your home when comparing it to other homes on the market. A professional home stager will make sure that the pictures online will stand out when Buyers are looking at MLS and Buyers will prefer your home over others on the market. An investment in staging will help the Seller retain more of the equity in his/her home.
It is never too early to start implementing these suggestions so that you don't find yourself overwhelmed when you do decide to sell your home!