If you’re dreaming about packing up everything and traveling the world, then you might be thinking about selling your house. While you don’t have to sell your house to get started on your adventure around the world (you can also leave it as an investment property and rent it out), selling your home is definitely one way to get a head start on funding your new adventure. The good news is that summer is typically a great time to sell homes because people may want to get settled into their new homes before fall schedules set in. Here are some ways to get started to sell your house this summer.
Know your goals
In today’s online and virtual world, there are many ways to sell a house. Knowing your goals for selling your house can help you figure out the process. If you want to sell as soon as possible, you might want to consider selling your home for cash on a website like HomeLight’s Simple Sale platform, you can also consider iBuyers, where you could sell your home in 24-48 hours. Keep in mind that selling for cash will bring you less for your home. If you want to sell your home for as much as possible to fund your next adventure, you’ll want to work with a professional real estate agent.
Hire a real estate agent
There are a lot of real estate agents out there and it may be hard to know who is the best for your home. You can ask friends and neighbors for referrals, and of course, do an internet search in your area. You’ll want to have a list of questions ready to ask a few top candidates, such as how long it typically takes them to sell a home and a list of homes that they have sold recently. The best strategy is to hire someone who specializes in the type of home that you are selling and also knows your neighborhood well.
Get organized and deep clean
When planning to travel, you are likely already focused on getting rid of items in your home that you won’t need on your adventure. This can also help you get your home ready to sell. Decluttering is a must when selling your home so that potential buyers can see its best features and imagine themselves living in it. Personal items should go in storage and anything else extra should be donated or thrown away, depending on the condition. After creating an open and airy space, you’ll want to deep clean.
Stage your home inside and outside
The next part of getting your home ready to market this summer is staging with modern touches that are tasteful and clean. You can also make accents with bright tones, which are always a good idea for home staging, especially in the summer. You can add to the summer decor with a bowl of fresh fruit and live plants.
Unless you are going for a cash sale, selling a home takes time. Being patient and staying focused on your timeline and goals can help you prepare yourself for long-term success and get the resources you need to fund your travels.
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