7 things to do before listing home for sale

Real Estate | 1 Feb |

Ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work? Yes! There is work to get to, and the amount will highly depend on how well you’ve maintained your home over the years. There is so much to selling a home than just posting photos online or planting a “for sale” sign at the front yard.

If you’re about to put your home on the market, you must be feeling excited, nervous, and stressed out at the same time. Everyone wants to sell their home fast, but for that to happen, there are several things to do in the house to make it more appealing.

In this guide, we’ll be looking at 7 important things you can do for a quick and seamless sale.

1. Pretend You Are the Buyer

One of the most helpful things you can do in a house is to change your perspective from a seller to a buyer. Before you stage or do any repairs to your home, do a walkthrough and consider if you would buy your home.

How do you feel about those stains that you’ve been meaning to deep clean for the longest time? Would that be a complete turnoff for you if you were to purchase the house? Would you like it more if the bathroom was updated? What red flags or eyesores do you notice? Would you want a sellers home warranty?

In this regard, knowing your market is crucial because it gives you a peek into what buyers will be comparing your home to. Do some research on the houses in your area, more so in your neighborhood that are within your asking price. This will give you an insight into what your competition has and how far you should go with repairs and renovations.

2. Declutter Your Heart Out and Depersonalize

When it comes to selling a home, less is undoubtedly more. It’ll help if you could do a clean sweep of the tables, counters, windowsills, and any other visible area.

Once done with that, go to the hidden areas behind closed doors such as closets, cupboards, and drawers. Keep in mind that when buying a house, nothing will be off-limits, and buyers could check out anything, even the hidden places.

If the house is too cluttered, it may give them the notion that their stuff will not fit and might need to rent a storage space. If you have too much stuff, donate some of it and store the rest off-site.

Decluttering makes a house look appealing, and when moving day comes, most of your stuff will be packed. A win-win situation.

Apart from decluttering, you also need to depersonalize your space. This means removing all personal items that may distract buyers and giving them an opportunity to visualize the house as their home.

If you have family portraits and photos hanging on the walls, take them down and remove any bold artwork and furniture that may not appeal to everyone.

3. Repaint Bold Colored Walls

Remember when you fell in love with that orange accent wall? Such a beautiful wall, isn’t it?

Well, not everyone may share the same sentiments. Most of the time, buyers have a very hard time looking past bold walls, so if your walls are taste-specific, you may want to repaint it with a neutral color before listing your home.

The good thing about neutral or lighter colors is that a buyer can envision the walls in the colors of their choice. As the seller, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your potential buyers can envision the house as their home.

4. Revamp Your Curb Appeal

Buyers will most certainly judge your home by the cover, which is essentially your curb appeal. The first impression matters a lot because it inspires potential buyers to come in and see more. The exterior of your home needs to be inviting, and there are plenty of ways to make it so.

Taking care of your lawn by raking leaves and pulling weeds is one of them and it can go a long way. Beyond that, you can clean the gutters, add some front door decor, fix any damages, and design a clear path, among others.

5. Do Some Necessary Repairs

Small repairs here and there should not be the reason why potential home buyers walk away. It may come as a surprise at how much negative effect one loose handle can have on a buyer. It’ll undoubtedly make them start wondering what else could be broken.

If you decide not to do a full-blown repainting project, do touch-ups on doors, walls, and even baseboards to show that you take good care of the house. No buyer wants to start adding small repairs to their to-do-list even before purchasing a home. When a home is move-in-ready, chances are you’ll get multiple offers.

6. Conduct a Smell Test

This may come off as silly, but nose blindness is a thing, and you may not be aware of certain smells buyers will not like.

Even the slightest foul odor will be a deal-breaker for most home buyers. The best thing to do before selling your house is to invite an unbiased third party to detect any smells that you may be blind to, more so if you have pets, and if any, get ready for deep cleaning to get rid of them.

7. Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More

The goal here is to leave your house looking spotless. You probably have professional photography lined up for the sale, and you want your home to look its best when the time comes. This is by far one of the most important things to do in the house before listing it for sale.

Of course, buyers will expect the house to look exactly like what they see in the pictures, so you must live up to those expectations by keeping the house clean at all times. Take special care with tiles, showers, bathrooms, counters, and floor shines.

You’re Ready to Sell Your House!

Selling a home is hands down one of the major transitions you’ll make in your life. These are some of the things to do in the house to avoid staying in the market for too long.

Apart from these, it may also help if you stage your home. Selling a home involves a lot of work, so don’t take anything for granted.

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