Checklist for Getting Your House Ready to Sell:
Ultimately, there are several steps in the process of getting your house ready to sell. This checklist outlines the essential steps and considerations to prepare for selling your property.
- Make updates and repairs to improve your home’s value.
Evaluate the main structures of your home and take care of any pressing problems, such as leaking pipes, cracked windows, or other concerns that could turn off potential buyers.
- Clean and declutter.
Rooms will look larger if there’s less stuff in them. You might consider renting a storage unit to temporarily store all but the most critical pieces of furniture and décor. But don’t go overboard; it’s better to leave some furniture in the room than to have it completely empty, so potential buyers can imagine where their furniture would go.
- Focus on curb appeal.
Keep your lawn mowed, your hedges trimmed, and consider adding flower beds for a bit of color. Replace your mailbox if it is damaged or in poor condition. Consider painting or replacing your front door.
- Schedule a professional photo shoot.
The majority of potential buyers will see your home online before they see it in person, and first impressions are important. That is part of my package for you! I have great professional photographers!
- Decide on a competitive asking price.
A competitive listing price is one that is similar to listing prices of comparable homes on the market (or those that have recently sold), yet high enough that you’ll make a healthy profit. I give you all of that information in my Comparative Market Analysis!
- Let your agent, Els Ferguson, take it from there.
I’ll put your home on the multiple listing service in your area, which will get it on sites like Multiple Listing Service, Redfin, Zillow, and in front of other agents. I’ll also order and place a “for sale” sign in your yard, so a passersby will know. I’ll also start to market the property to potential buyers, via social media, online advertising and other means.