Tips for Preparing to List your House

Being a Real estate agent, I know it’s not just about the price that sells a home. Price is just one factor, location is another, the market is a third factor but the other factor you can actually control?

Condition!

Your house will be judged for how it looks unfortunately. Something that may be fine for you, may not be for potential buyers. I will say condition is the one thing that you can control and you do not need to hire someone to stage. These are things that you can do yourself. Especially if you are worried you may need to hire someone.

Let’s start with the outdoors:

  • Keep the yard nice. Get it cut, keep it trimmed, and declutter it.
  • Also think about a new welcome mat. You may an old one that you just love, which is fine. Just put it away for your new place.
  • Clean your house numbers, it looks good but also buyers and agents can see the numbers when looking for the house. If you need ones, replace them.
  • Trim trees and bushes
  • Power wash home’s exterior, driveway, walkway, patio, and deck.
  • If the house needs painting, consider it.
  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out.

Entryway:

  • Make sure outside light, if it has one is clean and works. Which means clean cobwebs and such.
  • Check that the doorbell works properly.
  • The door is in working order, that it opens easy and not a fight to open.
  • Once inside, make sure it’s free of clutter. Shoes, extra coats, and others are free of the area.

Every room in the house:

  • Go through your home room by room and pack up 30% of your stuff. Want it as clutter free as possible.
  • Clean wood floors
  • Clean cobwebs out
  • Make minors repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking.)
  • If you have pets, make sure to get rid of pet odors.
  • Clean all lights fixtures and ceilings.

Kitchen and Dining room:

  • Declutter counter of appliances that can be removed such as coffee maker, toast, etc.
  • If cabinets show some wear and tear, might be good to paint them. Also can replace knobs with new ones to make them look updated.
  • Make sure the counters are clean and shiny.
  • Keep garbage and recycle out of sight.
  • Make sure to keep it odor free.

Bathroom:

  • If you have a shower curtain, a new one may go a long way.
  • Keep the sink area clutter free.
  • Have personal hygiene and hair products away.
  • Check faucets for leaks, drips, or disrepair.
  • Keep shower spotless along with tubs.
  • Clean tiles and bleach, also check grout.

Make the bedroom look big:

  • Make sure kids toys are in bins and out of sight.
  • Make sure the bed looks neat.
  • Keep closets organized

Office:

  • Keep a clean desk.
  • Don’t leave clunky file cabinets around.
  • Make sure all personal and confidential is out of site.
  • If it is part of another room, make sure it doesn’t take over the function of the original room.

Basement/Laundry spaces:

  • Clean and polish washer and dryer.
  • If you have unfinished concrete floors, paint them if you want to make it cleaner.

The garage:

  • If you work in the garage and such, check the floor, if it needs to be hosed down, please do.
  • Make sure the garage is not over stuff.

All this can help you. Remember you are trying to sell your home, hoping someone will see it as their new home. You want them to be enticed.

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