The Ultimate Checklist To Complete Before Listing Your Home
If you're ready to sell your house, then it's time to get to work!
Putting your house on the market takes a lot more than just sticking a "For Sale" sign in the front yard and adding some photos on the internet.
Before you go through the entire process of listing your home, complete this checklist to get yourself better prepared.
Some of the tips are simple and some of them will take a little more energy, but they all will help out tremendously when it comes to impressing buyers!
Hire a Great Real Estate Agent.
Selling your home without a real estate agent is almost always a recipe for disaster. It's important to interview agents that can list your home at the right price, maximize your home's exposure to potential buyers, are experts about your community, and have strong negotiating skills.
Also, we would be thrilled to be interviewed if you need any help!
Make a Great First Impression.
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and that counts for your home too! Buyers might be less likely to check out the rest of a house if the outside is unappealing—even if the interior is stunning.
If you’re looking to sell your house, a few inexpensive changes to your home’s exterior could help make the process smoother. From being able to sell faster to add greater value to the asking price.
Focus on Staging.
Has your furniture been arranged the same way since you moved into your home several years ago? You may be comfortable with the current setup (after all, it was functional for you and your family) but it may not be the best way to showcase your space from a buyer's perspective.
It also goes without saying that you will need to take some time to declutter, deep clean and depersonalize. Think about how it feels when you walk through a brand new model home and then try to recreate that vibe. Simply put, you want the buyer to envision themselves living in your home.
Plants Bring Life Into the Home
Live plants can do wonders for you and your home. Indoor plants are not only decorative, they also help clean the environment and air around them.
Adding some house plants will create a welcoming feeling for buyers. Place them in inviting areas of your home such as the kitchen and living room.
Learn more about which are the best indoor plants for your home HERE
Smell Test Your Home.
Even the slightest sense of an odor will have buyers wanting to leave your home as fast as possible. Seriously, this can be a huge deal break on whether or not you get an offer. If you want to make sure all is smelling well, invite over a third-party guest to give you a little smell test.
It's likely that your home smells just fine but just in case it needs a scent intervention, tackle lingering odors head-on by replacing the carpet, painting the walls and deep cleaning. You can also minimize odors by using baking soda, coffee grounds, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and lemons.
Once you get any unpleasant odors under control, don't forget to use wall plug-ins, candles or essential oil diffusers to distribute a cohesive and pleasant scent throughout your home.
Update:Lighting, Hardware & Fixtures
Let there be light! Buyers love light and bright rooms so make sure all of your light bulbs have been replaced. If your fixtures are dated, consider replacing them. Make sure your lighting temperature is cohesive throughout your home and that you use a combination of overhead lighting and lamps to create a welcoming atmosphere.
Are your lightswitch covers, doorknobs and handles looking kind of grungy? What kind of shape are your shower heads and kitchen faucet in? These items are very easy to replace and can make a world of difference to a buyer.