A Checklist for Selling Your Home
Putting your house on the market is more involved than hanging a sign in the yard. After exploring your reasons for selling, it’s time to sit down and get your house ready for the market. Getting your home ready isn’t as much work as most homeowners think it is. A professional realtor can help you decide what specific things need to be done to prep your house.
Here are some of the most common things professionals recommend homeowners do.
Step out to the street and take a look at your house from the eyes of a buyer. Do you see anything that might give a bad first impression? You can mow the lawn, trim the hedges, plant some colorful annuals or perennials, clear away outdoor clutter, fix broken tiles or shingles, repair broken screens, and give your front door a fresh coat of paint to raise your house’s curb appeal.
Inside your home, you can repaint over scuff marks on the walls, repaint the trim and baseboards, or change the wall colors to neutral ones to freshen the place up. Tightening up loose handles and repairing or replacing towel racks and light fixtures are simple, fairly inexpensive fixes, too.
Treat the Windows
Even if you already have window treatments, making sure they’re the right ones for the space can make a difference. They can improve the room’s temperature, natural brightness, and beauty.
Clean, Clean, Clean
When you sell your property, you want it to look immaculate. Cleaning every aspect of your home will give it a spotless appearance. Make sure to pay special attention to the bathroom to ensure the tile, counters, shower, and floors sparkle.
Set the Table
Creating a fancy spread in the dining room and a more casual setup in the kitchen helps stage your home. By keeping table settings nearby, you can easily set the table on short notice. Adding fresh, decorative flowers are also a nice touch.
You want to give your prospective buyers a blank canvas on which they can envision themselves living. An easy way to do this is to stash away children’s toys, pet belongings, personal photos, and more to a less conspicuous space in the home. Also, keep your valuables out of sight as a safety precaution.
Find an Agent
The most important thing to do when selling your home is to find the perfect real estate agent. A good real estate agent knows the market and provides the advice you need to get a great deal on your home.