There are a number of items that you should do prior to listing your home. Carrying out these few step can make all the difference in the world — Handling this will make the sales process easier and smoother and help you get the price you want. Your realtor will be of great help to get you through this process.
Pre-Sale Home Inspection
Consider a pre-sale home inspection. Your inspector will give you a good indication of the trouble and potential trouble areas that will stand out to buyers. Very importantly, you will be able to make repairs before your open house opens.
Organize & Clean
This is a great opportunity to pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and seasonal items. Store these items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards. Make your house shine.
Are there big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? Find out how much it will cost to repair an older roof or replace worn carpeting, even if you don’t plan on doing so. These figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and they will come in handy when negotiations begin.
Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. It may seem like this task can be left until closing, but you don’t want lost paperwork or last-minute scrambling to cause the deal to fall through.
Spruce up the curb appeal. Walk out to the front of your home, close your eyes, and pretend you’re a prospective buyer seeing the property for the first time. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? What do you see framing the entrance, if anything? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments? Make the appearance of your house buy-able not just sell-able.
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