If you’re thinking about making a move in the coming year (or you’re just mildly curious about the possibility), you could be well-served by being prepared in advance. Here are a few basic steps you can follow, in order to put yourself in a more advantageous position to respond when opportunity knocks.

1. Minimize household clutter on an ongoing basis so your home will be organized and ready to list on the market without hesitation.

2. Take care of your current real estate investment by completing necessary maintenance repairs and renovation improvements.

3. Keep up with national trends, local market conditions and available opportunities.

4. Secure a pre-approved mortgage.