A Checklist for Getting Your House Ready to Sell
Moving away to a new home or a new area is a big choice in and of itself – but what about the home that you’re currently living in? If you own your home, then you know that it’s time for you to look at the details and issues surrounding selling that home. What sorts of things do you need to be able to do? Are there different things that you need to consider?
The best way to ensure that you’ve got everything in order in a way that makes sense is for you to go ahead and put together some sort of checklist so that you can keep an eye on everything that you need to be able to get done.
A solid checklist that tells you everything that you need to accomplish and how you may want to go about getting it done can help you a lot and reduce the stress that you may feel about the whole thing.
Here are some things that you should do before you start the process of selling your home:
1. Connect with a Real Estate Agent You Can Trust
A good real estate agent is going to be your best bet when you’re looking to sell your home. Not only do you want to have someone that has a good reputation, but you want them to be able to assist you with every part of the process, from selling your current home to buying your next one (if they’re able to do so). Many times, they are going to be an excellent resource and they are going to guide you and help you to do everything possible so that you can get the best selling price for your home.
2. Clean Up and Declutter
This is probably the biggest thing that you need to do. You’ve lived at your home for some period of time, and the fact is, it’s probably not spotless. Before you start the process of working toward the sale of your home, you want to be sure that you clean things up and declutter as much as possible.
This may involve starting the process of packing your home so that you can get stuff out of the way or into storage. If you declutter, it makes it easier for people that are coming to tour your home to get an idea of what they want to do and if the home is right for them.
3. Make Your Space as Neutral As Possible
You don’t want to have all of your stuff on the wall when someone else is looking at your home. You want to make the space look attractive to the highest number of potential buyers that come through the doors.
You want to make the space look nice, but you want it to be set up in a way that allows you to maintain your privacy and prevents you from feeling strange when the potential buyers come in and start checking out your house.
Neutral space is appealing to people, because not only does it prevent the “oh I don’t like that color” reaction, but it can also make it easier for people to start chatting with their family about what they could do with the space.
4. Repaint Walls and Clean Up Scuff Marks
What do your walls look like? If you’ve lived in your home for any period of time, it’s likely that you took the time in order to try and make the space your own, adding colors to the walls and probably putting up pictures and whatnot.
This is the point in time that you’re going to want to go ahead and repaint the walls so that they are neutral colors – white, beige, and gray are your best bets. Most people just go with white because it looks very clean and makes it easy for people to visualize how it may look if they were to move into the home. Also, your walls are always going to look better if they don’t have any sort of scuff marks on them.
5. Fix Small Repairs
Obviously, if there are large repairs they would be dealt with according to whatever contract that you decide to put together with the potential buyer and whatever you’ve worked out with your real estate agent as well. But, if you’re looking at small repairs like cracks in your window, loose handles, or your sink dripping, then you want to be sure that you take some time and fix those up.
The fewer imperfections that you have in and around your home, the easier it will be for you to get your home sold for the price that you want to sell it for. You can call someone in to do it, or if they are simple enough, you may be able to do it yourself.
6. Clean Your Home and Make it Spotless
You’re not going to be able to sell a home that isn’t clean. If it’s not going to be a clean space, then it’s probably not worth the time and energy that the buyers would need to put in so that it could get cleaned up. That being said, you want to be sure that you put in the elbow grease so that it looks and smells as clean as it should when people come and visit.
Even if you spend a little bit of money in order to hire someone to take care of a deep clean for you, it is worth it. The lack of stains, smells, dirt, and grime can make it that much easier for you to put together your home in a way that will make it attractive to potential buyers that may come and check it out.
7. Think About Staging Your Space
Staging is a big deal and you want to be sure that you know and understand what it may involve before you get started. Staging is, in short, adding neutral furniture and décor to the space so that it can help people who are viewing the space imagine what it could look like if they were to move in.
Usually, you can talk with your real estate agent and they will be able to help you make the connections so that you can get things to look the way that you want them to for potential buyers. You can rent the furniture and other decor, or your real estate agent may have some items that they are able to bring in so that you can get the whole staging process correct.
It can take time and effort to get your home ready for sale, but if you’re willing to put that effort into it, you will find that there are many different simple steps to take that will pay off when you get the price you’re aiming for.
Talk with a real estate agent and learn as much as you can about the processes in question and to put together an effective checklist that makes sense for you. Not only will that allow you to stay ahead of common problems that could possible come up when you’re dealing with selling your home, but it could make the whole process that much less stressful in the long run, too.