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  • Writer's pictureAlexus Downing

Get Tips for Your Home Goals in 2023

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

January 13, 2023

It’s a new year, and that means new possibilities.

For some, that might mean buying a house for the first time. For existing homeowners, it could mean improving your current space — or selling it to move on to a place that feels like a better fit for your family.

Whatever your plans, setting small milestones can help you get there. Are you ready to make those home-related goals a reality this year? Here’s how:

If you want to buy a home:

  • Get your finances in order. Improve your credit score, pay off larger debts, and save for upfront costs.

  • Have the right professionals on your side. Choose your mortgage lender, home inspector and other professionals you want to work with — and get in touch for assistance from an expert agent.

  • Keep an eye on the market. Set up listing alerts within your price range. Once something catches your eye, reach out to schedule a showing.

If you're selling your home:

  • Declutter and make repairs. Remove personal items and make major and cosmetic repairs to items that could otherwise take away from the home’s value.

  • Get professional, staged photos. Make the home look move-in ready, and bring in a real estate photographer to take listing photos and create a video tour.

  • Have a plan for a new property. Determine what’s next: Will you downsize or look for a bigger home? Solidify your plan before you sell.

"Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they're interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first eight seconds." – Barbara Corcoran

If you plan to make home improvements:

  • Do research. Find out which projects can add value. Then, see if you need permits from the city and get cost estimates from contractors.

  • Figure out financing. How will you pay for the updates? Cash-out refinancing and home equity loans and lines of credit are popular options.

  • Hire professionals for big projects. Don’t attempt to DIY anything that needs specialty knowledge, including electrical and plumbing tasks.

Do you need help buying or selling a home this year? Get in touch today so we can get started.

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