Sellers Check List
Are you ready to sell your house? Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Selling a home is a whole lot more than just placing a “For Sale” sign on your front yard or downloading photos on social media.
Before you put your house on the market, go over this checklist of things you should consider before listing your home.
1. Find a real estate agent
Think you can sell your home yourself, and make more money you would otherwise pay a real estate agent? You might be surprised to find that you usually make more money, have a shorter listing time, and stay out of legal troubles by using Sibold Group. Don’t be afraid to talk to a few real estate agents before picking the right Realtor for you.
2. Freshen-up your curb appeal
Buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. Do exterior updates like planting colorful flowers, repainting your front door, and pressure wash your home and sidewalks.
If you’re not sure how to improve your home’s curb appeal, ask your real estate agent for advice on how others in your area have improved the exterior before selling their houses.
3. Declutter your home
Less is definitely better when it comes to getting your house ready to show. Your house will look more welcoming to buyers and packing will be easier when it’s time to move into a new home.
4. Depersonalize your home
Sellers should remove family photos, diplomas, or anything that can tell a buyer who you are. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which buyers can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.
5. Repaint walls
Consider painting walls a neutral color. Repair dry wall nicks and holes where pictures have hung, doors or furniture have damaged walls.
6. Touch up any scuff marks
Clean walls and floors where they have been scuffed up over the years.
7. Fix loose handles
Tighten up and loose doorknobs, cabinet , and drawer handles.
8. Get rid of unpleasant smells
Ask trusted friends to let you know if they smell any unpleasant smells around your house. Sibold Group actually have an Ozone Machine that can help eliminate some orders.
Consider having a professional service clean your home once all the little repairs are completed. You want your house to always look it’s best for buyers.
It is important to keep your home tidy and picked up at all times, when possible, you never know when someone will want to schedule a showing.
10. Hide valuables
Never leave out valuables like jewelry or prescription medication. Hide it or put it somewhere it cannot be found.
Consider things like getting a Home Inspection before listing to know what is coming during your buyer’s inspection period. Consider getting an Appraisal before listing your home to know what your home is worth prior to listing. Realtors can do CMA’s (comparative market analysis) to give you an idea of where to list but Sibold Group Realtors are not Appraisers and are not liable for the CMA value. Consider having a stager come and stage your home. There are many services a Staging Specialist can offer.