In today’s seller’s market, selling your home may seem like a smooth process, but it’s important to remember that proper preparation is still crucial for maximizing your sale price. To help you get ready to put your home on the market, we have provided a comprehensive checklist below, along with a suggested timeline. These guidelines will assist you in ensuring that you’re fully prepared to sell your home when the time is right. If you have any uncertainties about where to begin or what to prioritize, feel free to reach out to us for personalized assistance.
AS SOON AS YOU THINK OF SELLING
Connecting with a Real Estate Agent
To boost your home’s appeal and increase your chances of attracting buyers, it’s advisable to engage with a knowledgeable real estate agent as early as possible. By involving an experienced professional from the beginning, you can receive valuable insights and guidance on enhancing your property. Moreover, starting the preparation process in advance allows you to address necessary repairs and upgrades that can significantly boost your home’s value. We offer complimentary pre-listing consultations to our clients, helping them prepare their homes for the market. Contact us to take advantage of this service and benefit from our expertise.
Address Major Issues and Upgrades
Although major renovations are typically not required before listing your home, it’s important to involve us early on if you
have an older home or any concerns about its condition. We can help you assess any necessary repairs and may recommend a pre-listing inspection to identify potential issues. By addressing major structural, systems, or cosmetic issues upfront, you can avoid complications during the selling process. For example, problems with the frame, foundation, or roof could be flagged in an inspection report, while outdated design features may limit your home’s sales potential. Starting early also allows you to navigate any labor or material shortages, reducing the risk of costly delays. Reach out to us for guidance on which updates are worth your time and investment.
1 MONTH (OR MORE) BEFORE YOU LIST
Make Minor Repairs
Take the time to address any pending maintenance or repair issues, such as water spots, pest activity, or rotten siding. Attend to small annoyances like squeaky hinges, sticking doors, and leaky faucets. Many of these tasks can be handled through simple do-it-yourself methods and basic tools. For tasks that require professional assistance, we can provide referrals to local service providers.
Refresh Your Design
Consider making simple design updates that can leave a significant impact on potential buyers. A fresh coat of paint is a cost-effective way to breathe new life into your home. According to a survey, interior paint offers a 107% return on investment, so opt for warm, neutral colors that appeal to a broad audience. Enhancing your curb appeal is crucial, as homes with good exterior appearance typically sell for an average of 7% more than those with an uninviting exterior. If weather permits, lay fresh sod, plant colorful flowers, and add new mulch to your beds. Repositioning your furniture can also make a substantial difference. Staged homes tend to sell faster, with 73% of them selling over list price. We can refer you to a local stager or offer our insights and suggestions if you prefer a do-it-yourself approach.
Declutter and Depersonalize
To avoid last-minute chaos, dedicate some time each day to decluttering. Tackle one room at a time, gradually working through each space whenever you have free time. Start by donating or discarding items you no longer need and pack away seasonal items, family photos, and personal collections. This will not only make your home more appealing to buyers but also provide you with a head start on packing for your move.
1 WEEK BEFORE YOU GO TO MARKET
Check-In With Your Agent
Prior to listing your