let’s talk: HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME TO LIST FOR SALE
Today we are talking about something that will affect all of us at one point or another in our lives. Recently, I had the privilege of helping one of my best friends put her dream home under contract. Now that she has that underway, we need to sell her current home ASAP. Let’s talk preparing your home to hit the MLS.
So, as we do, let’s talk Real Estate, let’s talk 5 TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE…
#1 IDENTIFY REPAIRS THAT NEED TO BE MADE
Go through room by room and identify any noticeable repairs. Items like doors that jam, windows that close as soon as you open them, chips in the paint on walls. Things one might notice just walking through your home. The reason it is important to fix things up front is because if a potential buyer notices too many of them, they may jump to conclusions on whether or not you took care of the home while it was yours. They ay speculate what other issues there might be that are not as obvious. It is important to get these noticeable items fixed prior to showing the home. Below is checklist you can use if you plan to list your home anytime soon;
Are there any areas that need touch up paint?
Are there any holes or dents in the walls?
Are all appliances in working order?
Do the kitchen cabinets open and close properly?
Is the sink faucet leaking?
Look for any leaky faucets
Ensure the tub is clean
Confirm the cabinets open and close properly
Confirm that the toilet is not running and is in working order
Is the AC & heat working properly?
Are there any water leaks around the unit?
Is the thermostat working properly? Does it need new batteries?
Check for any areas that may be weathering, peeling or rotting
If you have shutters, confirm they are hung properly
Landscaping should me manicured
Some buyers may choose to do a pre-sale inspection if they have owned their home or a while or want to make sure they address any issues before listing it. This is not always necessary, especially if you have owned your home for only a few years.
Put away / get rid of/ hide all clutter. This includes piles of papers, excess stuff on the kitchen or bathroom counters, blankets in the living rooms. Basically the less stuff sitting around, the better. The less clutter, the more spacious the home feels.
You want the person viewing the house to be able to picture themselves and their family in it so that means they probably do not want to see photos of your family, certificates of life accomplishments, or religious symbols everywhere. Before I start showing my friends home this weekend, I plan to run around the house and put away anything too personal.
#4 MAKE IT FEEL LIKE A HOME
If you have already moved out, you may want to consider staging it. Having the house set up like a home can help buyers imagine how they would lay out the space if they were to live there.
#5 SEEK OUTSIDE FEEDBACK
It is easy to overlook things when you have been living in your home for a while. Before you list it, have friends or family come over and give their honest opinion. You want to know what they see and think about your home as an “outsider”.
While selling your home can be stressful and emotional it is important to remember that the end goal is to sell your home. Even if that means doing some of the sad not fun stuff such as depersonalizing or making repairs up front. Once you sell your home, your next adventure begins!
Let us know if you have any other tips for making a home market ready!
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