Traditionally, the real estate market picks up in the spring and summer. Why? Because many people want to buy a home and get into it by September. So, if you’re thinking of selling this year, you might consider taking advantage of this demand.

There are basically three steps you need in your “sell by September” game plan.
1. Find out the current market value of your home.
2. Prepare your home for buyer viewings.
3. Get the right professionals to help you.

Let’s look at each step in a little more detail.

Knowing your home’s current market value will help you determine your asking price. That value is calculated using a variety of methods, the most common being a review of what similar homes have sold for recently. Chances are, your home will sell at or near that value. That’s helpful information to know, especially if you’re also buying another home.

Preparing your home is all about making it look great to buyers. When a buyer views your home, you want them to say “Wow”. It’s a little like a first date! So, you’ll want to clean, declutter and stage your home, so it looks its best.

Finally, it’s important to get the right professionals to work with you. Choosing the best real estate agent is crucial, of course, but you may also need a contractor, cleaning company, real estate lawyer, mortgage advisor and more. Using the best professionals will help ensure your sale goes smoothly and successfully.

There’s another important component to your game plan: start now. If you want to sell your house and be in a new home by September, this is the ideal month to begin the process.