Do your 2020 plans call for selling your Colorado home? Make sure you are prepared before the home buying and selling season begins by following these five steps.
Connect with a REALTOR®
First things first, connect with a local real estate agent. Your agent can help you determine the best time to put your home on the market. They can also help with the next steps on this list with their real estate expertise. Even though you aren’t ready to put your house on the market right away, connecting with a real estate agent early makes you more prepared when it’s time to sell.
Take care of any major repairs
Don’t wait until the last minute to take care of repairs on your home. While some changes, like fresh paint or staging, can wait until the last minute, take care of major home repairs now. Reach out to contractors early for a time and cost estimate for any repairs needed. Local contractors can book appointments weeks in advance. Allow extra time for any major work, should unexpected problems come up. Make sure home repairs don’t delay when you can put your home on the market.
Make a “To-Do” list
With the help of your real estate agent, make a list of the things you need to do before putting your home on the market. It helps to prioritize items and create a timeline for when you want each project finished. For inspiration, check out the suggestions in our article How to Get your Home Market-Ready.
Do your research
Be as prepared as possible before you list your home for sale. Research housing market trends and ask your real estate agent for insight on the real estate market. Check out these other articles about preparing to sell a home:
- What you should know about listing your home in the spring
- Selling your Home in a Fast-Paced Market
- When’s the Best Time to List your Colorado Home?
- More articles about Selling a Home
Start your next home search
Okay, so you probably won’t want to purchase a home before you’re ready to sell your current home. However, starting your home search early can help you learn about your preferences and prepare you when it is time to start seriously looking. Review the advice about things to do NOW if you’re planning on buying a home this year.
Originally published November 2, 2017 — Updated April 30, 2020