Can you believe January is almost over? If you’ve been falling behind on your 2020 goals, you’re not alone. Don’t worry, though—it’s not too late to set some new ones! I have six real estate resolutions that you won’t have any trouble keeping, especially if you’re thinking about buying or selling your home this year.
Sellers: Tackle Pesky Repairs
Have a few lingering repairs that you’ve been putting off? You’ll want to spruce up your place before you list—buyers will be scrutinizing every detail of your property, so it’s crucial to get it looking its best. Even if you aren’t handy, things like painting walls and recaulking windows are easy to do on your own. Don’t be afraid to leave some harder fixes to the pros, though!
Buyers: Do Your Research
Buying a home is a pretty big decision, especially if it’s your first time. Even if you have some real estate experience under your belt, it never hurts to do a little extra research before beginning the buying process. Don’t forget to look up all of the loan options available to you, scope out potential neighborhoods, and read up on some buying tips. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, your agent is always available to help!
Sellers: Choose the Right Agent
Although it’s always important to interview a few agents before going with the right one, sellers have an even bigger decision to make. Don’t trust your biggest investment with just anyone—be sure you make the right choice before you sign any listing agreement. That means you probably shouldn’t go with the first agent that gets back to you (unless they really are the perfect fit). Remember, there’s no such thing as asking too many questions!
Buyers: Make a Wants and Needs List
On the hunt for your ideal Gold Coast home? Our area has so many gorgeous properties, but it can be hard to know where to start. Before you begin your search, try creating a list of your wants and needs. It’s the best way to leverage what you’re really looking for in your next place, and it can also help your agent show you the right properties.
Sellers: Stage for Success
Did you know that staged homes sell faster than their unstaged counterparts? Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your home looking fantastic. In fact, most agents will tell you that small touches make all the difference for buyers. Start by getting rid of bulky furniture and giving your home a deep clean—you can check out even more tips with my all-in-one staging guide.
Buyers: Don’t Forget a Home Inspection
Once you’ve fallen in love with a home, it’s easy to overlook some of the negatives. However, having a home inspection will bring you back to reality, and it’s a great way to learn about the condition of your future property. A qualified home inspector will give you all the details you need to know, and they’ll also mention any repairs that should be done. Although many people think they don’t need an inspection, you really don’t want to buy without one!
Ready to Tackle Your Real Estate Resolutions?
If you need some help keeping your real estate resolutions, I’m here to help. As your Gold Coast expert, I have what it takes to buy or sell your home—and I’m only a phone call away. Feel free to reach out and learn what I can do for you!