Selling your home? 3 ways to prepare now.

It’s easy to think about buying a home. Especially if it’s your first, dreams of homeownership turn into practical planning. But when it comes to selling a home, planning steps may not be top of mind. Whether the need to sell your home comes from a sudden out-of-town job opportunity or a long-planned move to a different part of town, a little preparation can go a long way.

Here are 3 key home-selling steps to take care of now:

1. Shop around for a listing agent

Getting an agent may seem like an obvious first step, but it may be the most important one. Even if you need to sell your house quickly, taking time to find the right agent can reduce headaches down the road. A good agent won’t just know your market and have the experience to get you the most out of your sale — they’ll also share your outlook, gain your trust and work well with you.

2. Start saving for home enhancements and repairs

One of the ways to get the most return on your home investment is to make enhancements and repairs. Doing so may increase the home’s perceived value, which could increase the price you sell it for. That’s why it’s so important to start saving for home improvements as soon as you can.

3. Get a handle on closing costs

As soon as you know you’re going to try to sell your home, it helps to get a sense of the costs you’ll incur as part of the closing process. Your agent should be able to walk you through them, and you can also do some basic research on your own. It’s good to have closing costs in mind to minimize surprises when they’re either taken out of sale proceeds or required at closing.

Start with those 3 home-selling steps and stay calm throughout the process. You don’t know exactly how long it’ll take for your home to sell, but you can be prepared.