Are you thinking about selling your home? The process of putting your house on the market is long and tedious. There are lots of things that go into the process of selling your house but here are 7 things everyone should make sure they do before listing:
Do any necessary repairs
Chances are, your house has a few things that need fixing. If you are getting ready to put your house on the market, make sure prospective buyers are walking through the best house possible. Touch up on cosmetics, fix and dents or scratches, replace anything that needs it. Even something as small as new light switch plates can go a long way in touching up your home.
Remove any and all clutter
Before you begin showing your house to potential buyers, make sure it looks presentable. Start decluttering your home by getting rid of all non-essential items. Aim for making your house look like one of the showrooms in IKEA. Keep it simple and presentable so people who walk through can envision making it theirs. If something seems to personal, get it out.
Find a good real estate agent
Unless you’re planning to go the ‘for sale by owner’ route, you’ll want to line up a really good agent to sell your house. It can be tempting to try and sell it yourself, but most experts urge against doing so. Spent time doing your research on agents in your area. Ask around with your friends and co-workers to see if they have any recommendations. Having a good agent makes all the difference.
Give your house ‘curb appeal’
Think of the front of your home like the cover of a book. Everyone says ‘we shouldn’t judge books by their covers,’ but more often than not, we do anyway. Your front yard is the first thing people see when they look at your house. You definitely want to make a good first impression by sprucing up your yard. Make sure the front is well kept. If people don’t want to look at the outside, they probably aren’t going to want to see the inside. Good landscaping is one way to give your house the perfect ‘curb appeal.’
Paint the interior
While living in your house, you may have found the perfect color scheme for you and your family, but it may not be for everyone. Many real estate agents will recommend their clients paint their walls neutral colors. This way potential buyers can better envision their own stuff in your home.
Get a home inspection
Before selling your house, make sure to get a pre-sale inspection. This way you will know about any potential problems and things that need fixing before you show it to anyone. An inspection can let you know if you need to replace anything, fix any damages etc. This can also help during the price negotiations as you’ll know the exact cost of repairs.
Deep clean your house
In addition to making repairs and removing clutter, it’s very important that you give your house a good deep clean before you list it. This is more than just having your typical cleaning person come through. This entails thoroughly wiping down all surfaces, breaking out the degreaser and bleach, and carefully scrubbing down the toilets. You may want to enlist professionals for this task. Companies like Stanley Steemer and Servicemaster may be good to contact for this.