Are you gearing up for a move in the new year? Whether you’re buying or selling a home in 2024, laying the groundwork ahead of time can make a world of difference in ensuring a seamless and successful experience. Here are five key things to do to get ready to buy or sell in 2024.
Wants and Wishes
Before exploring the real estate market, take some time to figure out and outline your wants and wishes. If you are a future buyer, create a list of non-negotiable features and amenities for your new home. If you are selling your property, craft a list of features that will enhance the value. When creating your list, consider factors such as:
- Location preferences
- Square footage
- Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
- Specific neighborhood amenities
After your list is complete, research specific neighborhoods, schools, job opportunities, and more to help you find the perfect place for your dream home!
At-home DIY Projects
Tackling at-home DIY projects can add value to your space, whether you’re selling or just trying to freshen up your home. Small changes can make a huge impact. Make minor repairs and renovations, paint walls, and declutter to increase the appeal of your home and potentially increase the market value. Starting these projects early on can help avoid last-minute panic and rush in the selling process. Talk to a realtor about which projects to prioritize to have your property ready to impress potential buyers!
First impressions are crucial! Enhance your home’s curb appeal by focusing on landscaping before selling. Simple landscaping enhancements like trimming hedges, planting flowers, and upgrading your outdoor lighting can greatly improve the attractiveness of your property. An impressive curb appeal will help entice potential buyers once your home is on the market!
As a buyer, it is crucial to get pre-approval for a mortgage. This will help create a clear understanding of your purchasing power and what you can realistically afford. Additionally, it shows sellers you are a serious and qualified buyer. Take the time to gather any necessary documents and speak with a mortgage professional to secure a pre-approval. Doing so will put you in a stronger position when making an offer and help streamline the buying process.
Finding the Right Realtor
The most pivotal aspect of any successful real estate journey is having the right realtor by your side. A local realtor understands the local market and likely has trusted partners to help enhance your buying, selling, refinancing, or renovating experience.
Everyone deserves to live in a home they love and to do so they need a realtor they can trust. With over 20 years of experience as a realtor, I am ready to be your partner in North Shore real estate. Contact me today to kickstart your 2024 real estate journey.