Home Selling Checklist

If you're wanting to sell a property in 2019 but you're unsure where to start? Then take a quick read at this short Planning to Sell: A Homeowner's Checklist to Prepare Your Home guide to get started.

Unlike the Home Selling Checklist previously published, this Planning to Sell checklist covers simple 10 tips that any homeowner can do to prepare their house for pictures & video marketing, listing, and upcoming showings.

  1. CLEAN EVERYTHING: Cleanliness signals to a buyer that the home has been well cared for and is most likely in good repair. A messy or dirty home will cause prospective buyers to notice every flaw.
  2. LET FRESH AIR IN: Get ride of odors that may be unfamiliar or unpleasant. People are most often offended by odors from tobacco, pets, cooking, and must or sour laundry. Fresh flowers and potpourri can be used to your advantage. Other smells that attract positive attention include fresh baked cookies and cinnamon.
  3. LET THE LIGHT IN: Raise the shades. Open the blinds. Pull back the curtains. Put brighter bulbs in all the lamps (but not bright enough to cause a glare). Bright, open rooms feel larger and more inviting. Dark rooms feel small and gloomy.
  4. PAINT: There's nothing that improves the value of a home of a lower cost than a fresh coat of paint. And it's so often easier to paint a room that it is to scrub it. Stick with neutral colors like off-white as its the safest. Be sure to avoid black, violet, and pink.
  5. KEEP THE NOISE DOWN: Silence is a restful sound that offends no one. Turn off the TV and radio. Soft instrument music is find but avoid vocal.s If necessary, close the windows to eliminate any street noise.
  6. UNCLUTTER YOUR HOME BEFORE YOU SHOW IT: Have a garage sale. Empty closets. Throw away what you can't sell. The less "stuff" in and around a home, the roomier it will seem.
  7. FIX ANYTHING THAT IS BROKEN: This includes plumbing, electrical  systems, switches, windows, screens, doors, fences, hot water tanks, heating systems, roofs and crawl spaces. If it can't be fixed, replace it or get rid of it (no window screens are better than broken ones).
    • A buyer will make a much lower offer if your house is in disrepair and will probably still insist that everything be fixed during the home inspection period and prior to closing. You're better off if you leave potential buyers no reason to offer less than you are asking.
  8. SEND PETS AWAY: Send them away or secure them away from teh house when prospective buyers are coming. You never know if people be annoyed or afraid of your pets or even allergic to them. And you never want a prospective buyer to have to avoid animal droppings.
  9. SEND THE KIDS TO GRANDMA'S: Send them to Grandma, take them on a walk, or with you when you're having a showing. This will ensure the prospective buyers are comfortable when showing and not having to watch what they say about the house.
  10. FIX SQUEAKY FLOORBOARDS: If possible, pull back the carpet (or if new carpet is being installed) and screw down any squeaky floorboards. Squeaky floorboards provide another distraction and possible objection to the house where prospective buyers may want to avoid or offer less.

Hope these 10 tips for Planning to Sell are helpful and if there are any questions about selling, we're here to help. Contact us and we'll be happy assist.