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Selling your home: How to get started and set the stage

When it's time to sell your home, you should know the steps. Following them makes selling your home easier and more efficient.

First, you should make sure you know when you want to sell your home. If you want to list it in three months, then you may want to start making lists and budgets. Collect important documents related to the home and add up your equity and remaining costs. The date you want to sell your home by determines the cost, so if you can list it early and give yourself more time to find a buyer at a higher price, that's better for you.

Two months before you list your home, you should look at it and evaluate its condition. If there are any obvious problems, it's time to fix them to make a good impression on potential buyers. After that, determine how much you want for your home by looking at the local market and the actual value of your home. Look at recent sales in your neighborhood to see what buyers might be expecting.

Finally, it's time to declutter and begin to stage your home. You need to make sure it looks lived-in, but you don't want to have a home that is so cluttered a person can't imagine what it will look like with their own furniture inside. It's a good idea to remove family photos and other items that make the home specifically yours, so the other party can imagine it becoming theirs.

If you're ready to sell, your attorney can help you with the necessary legal steps. Following through on the legal side of the sale is important to protecting your interests now and in the future. Our website has more information.

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