If you’re looking to maximize your home sale, follow these tips.

Here are five tips you need to know to prepare your home for the market so that it sells quickly and for top dollar:

1. Locate all of your title documents (i.e., the abstract of title) that you’ll need to have ready. Sometimes I work with sellers who’ve lost these documents. Searching for them before closing can lead to a lot of stress, and if you don’t have them ready at closing, it will cost you to have them redone. In addition to finding and securing your abstract of title, hire an attorney. If you already have one, I suggest talking to them about putting your home on the market and transferring your abstract of title to them for safekeeping.

“By getting these things done up front, you’ll have a more successful closing.”

2. See if you can locate a property survey within the last 10 years. Surveys often hold up closings near the end, and most buyers’ banks and attorneys will want a survey that’s been completed within the last 10 years. If you haven’t had a survey done, I can recommend plenty of surveyors in your local area. 

3. Talk to a Realtor about the best way to list your home. There are lots of staging companies out there that can put your home in a great position for the market. 

4. Pre-inspect your home. By doing a pre-inspection, you can fix a lot of little issues that can hold up your transaction or cost you money in the end. Any real estate professional can walk you through these steps. If you’re in a municipal water and sewer area, I suggest getting your meter numbers and the like cataloged in your paperwork. 

5. If you’re in a rural area, have your septic and water systems examined. 

By getting these things done up front, you’ll have a more successful closing. If you have questions about this topic or any real estate needs at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to connecting with you.