Exercise more, drink more water, eat an extra servings of fruit and veggies every day — most people’s New Year’s resolutions don’t have much to do with real estate. In reality, getting a head start on a few real estate-related goals can put you ahead of the game when you have to buy or sell a home.
While you don’t have to train to be an expert, there are some simple things that can come in handy. From packing advice to simple home improvements, knowing these tips and tricks can save you time and money next time you need to make a move. Make real estate part of your resolutions!
Learn How to Pack Like a Pro
At some point in your life, you’re probably going to make a move. Whether you need more space to account for a growing family, you’re looking to downsize to something cozier, or you have to relocate for a job, there are plenty of reasons why you could find yourself packing up your possessions.
Packing is an art form. It sounds a little weird, but it’s true — finding the right organization plan, packing boxes securely, and getting rid of the clutter takes some practice. Luckily, I can help. Check out my in-depth guide to getting started with packing, and use it as reference point for making your own organization plan.
It might seem like a small goal, but when it comes time to move, you’ll already be a giant step ahead of the game.
Get Familiar with the Home-Buying Process
If you’re packing things up, then odds are you’ve bought a new house. Whether it’s your first home-owning experience or your fifth, there’s always more to learn about the process. Why not resolve to learn a little more about the local market?
Check out some of my tools like neighborhood sold reports and comparative market analyses. These resources can tell you more about what your home and similar homes are worth and can prepare you for what a new home might cost. Then, you can learn a little more about the loan process and financial options for buying.
Again, these goals are simple, but they’ll help you immensely in the long run!
Up the Value of Your Home
If you’re on the opposite end of the real estate journey and looking to sell your home, then consider learning some tips and tricks for upping its value. Becoming a pro at DIY tasks is definitely a real estate-related goal, but it’ll also improve your life in general.
It goes without saying that intense remodeling projects will greatly increase your home’s listing price. Learning how to install a new bathtub or build a deck or porch is a super useful life skill, but not all people have room in their resolution schedule for that big of a project.
If you’re looking for smaller ways to get into DIY, consider putting on fresh coats of paint, refinishing the floors, buying new appliances, or installing a backsplash. Even though these projects are small, they’ll still make a difference in your home’s value — and teach you some valuable skills in the process.
Trust in Your Local Expert
Whether you’re preparing to buy or sell or are comfortable where you are, knowing a few extra real estate-related tips and tricks will help you in the long run. Save yourself valuable time and money, and resolve to learn a little more about the process.