Miniature House and Money.Who hasn’t heard the adage: “The early bird catches the worm”? When it comes to selling your home, this saying hits the nail on the head. Homeowners who start prepping early in the year to sell their home tend to sell it for more money in a shorter time.

There are three main reasons why this happens to be true:

Reason 1: Putting your home on the market in the winter months brings out the serious buyers and weeds out the lookie-loos. You know the ones—they can’t wait for a lovely spring or summer day to drive around open houses and browse. They have no serious intentions to buy your house, or any other house, at any time in the near future.

Reason 2: Is your home ready for an open house or showing? And we mean really ready? Be honest—if you were a buyer, how many items in your house would you say needed fixing?

Sellers who start prepping their house at the beginning of the year have more time to address those issues well before a showing—you could miss a serious buyer if you put it off. Those serious buyers, the ones that will offer a high price, tend to be drawn to the market early.

How do you know what issues in your home need addressing before you put it on the market? Ask your realtor. They’ll be honest on what you should spend your money on now and what you should hold off on. Why invest money in a remodel that a potential buyer will just redo?

Reason 3: Do you know what the market is doing? Who’s the best agent in the area to sell your home? It might not be your Realtor® brother-in-law, and that is going to be an awkward conversation. But if you’ve done your research, that will help you make these choices.

And by starting the process earlier, you’ll have the time to look at the market conditions, looking at the prices other homes in your area have sold for, and finding the perfect realtor—one you can trust to help you through the crazy, emotional ride that is selling your home. And maybe that is your brother-in-law! But we recommend you choose wisely.

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Still feel like you need to talk to someone? That’s good—being well informed will make your home sale a smoother experience. We’re here to help at any time; call us directly on 800-529-4767. The conversation is always free and you’re under no obligation of any kind. And, our website is up 24/7 and at your service: