If you're thinking about selling your current home then you need to prepare yourself for the situation you're about to be getting yourself in to. There's nothing simple about selling real estate and you should know that going into the process. You don't want to think that selling real estate means only hiring a real estate agent and putting and ad for your home in the MLS real estate listings. There's a whole lot more that you have to do so get ready to put some work into selling your home.
Before you even get to the part where you list your home there are some sale preparations you have to complete first. We already mentioned one of them, which is to hire a real estate agent. In order to ensure the best possible chance of selling you will need a real estate agent. Meet with and interview as many agents as you can and hire the one you are compatible with the most who you think will be the best person for the job.
Once you have a real estate agent in place to help you list and sell your home it's time to get yourself into preparation mode. Your home is going to have to be in the best condition it possibly can be in before unveiling it to the public. That means you're going to have to make any necessary repairs and renovations to it that you and your agent think will raise the value of your home and make it look more appealing to potential buyers. You're going to be competing with a lot of other homes for sale and you need to come up with a way to get over the competition. Renovating and repairing your home is just one way of doing that.
Once the repairs and renovations are done you and your agent can start work on getting your home visitor friendly. You're going to be hosting a home showing at some point so your home needs to look pretty much perfect for that first showing. You don't want any interested buyers to step foot on your driveway only to turn around to their car before stepping foot inside your home because you didn't take the time to make your home as presentable as possible.
To do that you might have do things such as mow the lawn, cut down hanging branches, clean the windows, repave the driveway, and give the exterior walls of your home a fresh coat of paint. To afraid to get up on that ladder? Companies such as Student Works Painters (more here) can send out pro painters that will climb that ladder and have your home looking brand new! However, that's just the outside of your home! The inside of your home also needs to be taken care of so you have to de-clutter, organize and clean it.
Do everything we mentioned and your home should be ready for its first listing!