We get it—you spent years turning your house into a cozy home. And everything from that perfect shade of gingham blue you painted the cabinets to the quirky old chair rail you preserved makes your home priceless, at least to you.
Still, when it comes time to sell your house, you need to take off those rose-tinted glasses and regard your house as a buyer would. Without this shift of perspective, you run the risk of overpricing your home, or failing to make necessary renovations or repairs—all of which means your place could end up sitting on the market. For a long time.
So it’s time to take an honest look at your house, from basement to attic. But since that can be hard to do on your own, here are some ways to tap into a more objective perspective and get a reality check on your home.
Interview several real estate agents
Sit down with a few real estate agents as you get ready to list your home. Not only will you get a sense for whom you want to work with, but you can also ask them for suggestions on how you should prep your home for sale. Should you repaint that purple office? Clear out the clutter in those hall closets? Remember, no one has better insight into what homes sell for and why than a real estate agent.
“I am honest with my sellers,” says Alexis Moore, a real estate broker and attorney in California. She often tells sellers that they should repaint in neutral shades, and nix all family photos. “All personal touches need to go bye-bye.” (Here’s how to find a real estate agent in your area.)
Hire a home inspector
It also helps to hire a home inspector for a pre-inspection, says Samuel Pawlitzki with Beach Cities Real Estate in Malibu, CA. Besides dispensing a metaphoric wake-up call, an inspector will usually find problems with your home that you didn’t even know existed.
Plus, you’ll have to go through the inspection process at some point of a sale, and being…