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Make These 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Sell Your Home on Your Own

Cited from Seehorsch

As a DIYer, now is the perfect time to think about any projects that got lost in the shuffle during 2019. If you are looking to move to a new home, making a few specific resolutions for 2020 can help you complete the ultimate DIY project: selling your current home on your own. Make the following five resolutions and chances are you’ll thank yourself this time next year.


  1. Understand Your Home’s Value

Before you go all in on selling your home yourself, make sure your home can fetch the price you want. Use a Pricing Scout tool to get the estimated market value of your home and see what nearby homes are selling for. If the estimate comes up short of expectations, see if there are any DIY upgrades you can make to increase your home’s value. You may also decide to wait until your local housing market heats up.

  1. Set Your “Sell By” Date

Deadlines are great motivators and can help you create a timeline for your DIY home selling to-dos. Think about your ideal season to move – maybe it’s in the summer before school starts or during the fall after a long vacation from work. Also, evaluate your situation and decide which should come first: buying a new home or selling your own home first. After you consider all the logistics, circle a “sell by” date on the calendar and work backwards to map out all the milestones of the home selling process.

Ensuring that you give yourself enough time to get everything done that needs to be done.  If you decide you would like to make your sell earlier, or if you need to make your sell earlier, then you may want to consider using a professional home buyer for a quick sale of your home.

  1. Fix What Needs Fixin’ Yourself

Most major upgrades won’t net a positive return on investment. However, there are several DIY projects you can take on to raise your home’s value and sell faster. In addition to repairing any small flaws like dents in the drywall or leaky faucets, painting the interior and exterior of your home is the obvious one. Think lighter colors and neutrals, which often help homes sell quicker.

Kitchens are a big selling point, but remodeling is pricey and time-consuming. Go for cheaper upgrades instead, like new laminate flooring, faucets, fixtures or appliances. Also consider installing a new entry door – one of the few projects that typically nets a nice return on investment.

If you are not the fixer upper type, or simply do not want to deal with any repairs yourself, maybe you would want to consider a house buying service who would purchase your property in “as-is” condition.

  1. Do a Deep Clean

Making your home attractive to buyers will probably involve some decluttering. No need to start packing yet, but it’s a good idea to donate clothes taking up room in the back of your closet and retire unused items to the trash. When the time comes to show your home, you’ll want to remove personal photos and belongings, which can distract buyers trying to imagine the home as their own.

As for cleaning, you should go beyond weekly dusting and vacuuming. Wash the windows inside and out, wax the floors, replace dirty grout and clean or replace worn rugs and carpeting. It’s also a good idea to give the exterior of your home a thorough power-washing. Keep in mind: you don’t need to make your home look brand new. Instead, the goal should be ensuring it doesn’t look worn down.

  1. Start the Home Selling Process

After you check off each resolution to get your home sell-ready, your last new year’s resolution is taking the plunge. Solidify your asking price, take some photos to highlight your home’s best features (or have a professional photographer do it for you) and advertise where more than half of buyers find their home – online. Half the battle of selling your home on your own is simply getting it in shape and in front of potential buyers. From there, you can use online resources to help you stage your home, negotiate with buyers, get the real estate forms you’ll need and successfully close on your home like a true do-it-yourselfer.


Make Your Move in 2020

Selling your home can feel daunting. It’s why many of us wait to make a move into the home, neighborhood and life we truly want – but like many DIY projects, the toughest part is simply making the commitment and taking the first few steps. Make some new year’s resolutions to get the ball rolling on your home sale and you might find that you’re closer to getting the life you want than you thought.


Moving can be stressful regardless of the situation in which you have to make a move.  If you would like to know more about how we can take some of the stress out of selling your house then contact us now.  We would love to talk to you and let you know how we can serve you – obligation free!

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