Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Thinking of listing your home soon?
Not sure where to start?
You want to get top dollar for your property, but how do you make sure that happens?
Here is a list of pretty easy things to get done before you list your home. Of course, this isn’t by any means an all-inclusive list and your agent may have other valuable tips to add as well that are directly related to your unique property. Some things are universal.
Let’s start with you taking a tour of your home. Walk in and around as though you are the buyer seeing your home for the first time.
Start at the drive-way. How does the exterior look? Is your lawn cut? Does your home look inviting from the curb? Is your mailbox leaning over? Do you have debris on your drive or steps? Is there chipping paint? These are all things you want to take notice of and start making a to-do list.
Now, walk in from the front door. How does the front door look? Does it need a fresh coat of paint? Does the door handle or lock stick? Does the door squeak? Continue through your home with this kind of mindset. Look for every little detail. I know it seems tedious now, but it will pay off in the end. And it can be a great way to get the family involved in the chores too. Divide and conquer!
If you have a lot of personal items, it may be in your best interest to rent a storage unit for a couple of months. You can pack away all personal items such as family photos and other decor that doesn't go with your staging theme. This is also a great time to toss out what you no longer need and spend some time decluttering. It won’t cost you much to rent the storage unit. It will, however, give you peace of mind knowing you have much less to clean up before a showing!
Here are some other tasks to add to your checklist:
- Neutral Paint throughout
- Fill in all nail holes in the walls
- Make sure all lights have light bulbs
- Clean your baseboards, window sills and ceiling fans
- Stow away all your valuables
- Make sure all your appliances are clean, inside and out!
- Remove magnets from refrigerators
- Have carpets and grout cleaned
- Wash your draperies
- Clean your windows
- Fix leaky faucets
- Remove extra, unwanted furniture
- Reduce odors from food or pets
- Tidy up the garage
Getting your home ready to sell, doesn’t need to be daunting. But these are a few things that you can start on now to keep you from rushing into it later. Start early and get the work done now for peace of mind later!
And when you are ready, call me!
Haven Real Estate Group