A Checklist for Selling Your Home
If you are considering putting your home on the market, there are a number of things to do prior to placing the “For Sale” sign in the yard. The most important thing you can do to prepare for your sale is to think about it from a potential buyer’s perspective. If you were buying, what would you want to see?
With that in mind, here’s a to-do list:
- Find a good realtor, someone who knows your area and is well versed on the issues potential buyers will be interested in, such as quality of schools. With Stephen and Stefan, you’re in the right place.
- If you’re selling a single-family home, check your curb appeal. For potential buyers, first impressions matter. Is there some sprucing up you can do to the exterior of your house? Make sure the lawn is manicured and pull any weeds. Could it use a coat of paint? Your entryway should be clean.
- Declutter. You want to give buyers a sense of how they can use and decorate the various spaces and rooms within the home, which is difficult to do if there is a lot of clutter. You are going to be moving anyway, so box up some of the extraneous items and put them in storage. Also, thoroughly clean the house.
- Conduct some routine maintenance. Touch up paint on the walls where necessary and even repaint if there are walls with bad scratches. If your preference is bold colors, you might want to consider repainting in more neutral colors, which makes it easier for buyers to imagine what they can do with the home.
- Depersonalize. If your home is filled with personal photos and other memorabilia consider boxing them up and storing them. Buyers want to be able to picture themselves moving in and feeling a sense of ownership. Also, find a secure place to store your valuables as you will likely not be home during the showings.
- Make it look lived-in. Add some plants or flowers. Flowers will bring a nice aroma and possibly eliminate odors that you do not know existed in your house because you have been living there so long. Buy some air fresheners. Set your dining room table.
- Let there be light. Buyers typically do not want to live in a dark house. Update your lighting by replacing bulbs. Remove window treatments if necessary. Once you start showing, make sure lights are turned on and curtains are open.
- Finally, consider staging your home for sale. According to the National Association of Realtors, staged homes get better offers and sell faster than non-staged homes. For a reasonable fee, companies will come in and rearrange your furniture, or even bring in new furniture and artwork, to best position you for a sale. Stephen and Stefan can work with you to identify a good home-staging company.
You want to get the most for your home and sell it in a timely fashion. By investing the time and money necessary to make these improvements, you will be well positioned to do both.