You have decided that you are ready to upgrade your house. Perhaps you are being relocated for work. Whatever the situation, be as prepared as possible for having potential buyers look at your home.
Below is a 10 point checklist that will help get your started.
1. Select an agent.
Selecting a qualified agent who is knowledgeable about your area is the first step to selling your house quickly. A great agent can mean the difference between waiting months to sell a house, and quickly getting top-dollar for your home. Our team is ready and eager to get your home sold quickly.
2. Determine a price.
If you have lived in your home for many years, your home value may be drastically different than you think it is. A great real estate agent will research what homes in your area are selling for and help you come up with a price that is both appealing to you as the seller and potential buyers.
3. Improve your curb appeal.
Doing the “little things” can make all the difference when selling a home. Weeds in flower beds, dead plantings, and peeling paint will often times send potential buyers away before they even look at your home.
4. Make small improvements.
Do you have a few dings and scuffs on your walls? Have a light fixture that works… most of the time? That blue wall sure looked great a few years ago, and now it looks dated.
Taking some time to make sure potential buyers aren’t turned off by unsightly blemishes, fixtures that have issues, or a color palette that isn’t neutral can be the difference between getting top dollar and having to take a sizable reduction.
5. Gather important information.
Does your neighborhood have a convenance or HOA fees? Have you made significant repairs or upgrades to your home? Having this information handy will help with determining price and negotiating a deal.
6. Clean and declutter.
Having a clean and clutter free home is an easy way to make your home appear bigger than it actually is. Make sure all your corners are cob-web free. Run a swifter along your baseboards, crown moulding, and ceiling fan blades. You don’t want to scare away potential buyers because your house is more creepy than the Adams Family.
7. Depersonalize your home.
This go hand-in-hand with decluttering your home. By removing person effects and collectibles, buyers can easily see themselves living in your home. Since you are moving soon, go ahead and pack away family photos, children’s artwork, and your Star Wars action figure collection.
8. Do an odor inventory.
We all love our pets. That doesn’t mean people want to smell them when they tour your house. As home owners, we can become immune to scents that float around our houses. Have a trusted friend or family member visit your house and be brutally honest about what they smell. Maybe it isn’t pets, maybe it is that killer curry you have twice a week. My bet is there is something, and that can be a deal breaker for some buyers.
9. Keep your home show ready.
You have done all that hard work to get your home ready to show. Now let’s keep it that way. Making sure that your house looks showroom new everyday is key to attracting buyers and the highest possible value for your home.
10. Start organizing for your move.
Once you are cleaned, declutter, and remodeled, you are most of the way to a new home. You might as well start packing away your belongings, you will be moving soon.
Bonus Tip! Take your listing to the next level.
If you really want to wow potential buyers and help drive traffic to your newly listed home, consider three additional things.
1. Professional Photography
Having professional quality images can really attract buyers that scroll through websites. These images will set you apart and let buyer know that you really take pride in your home.
2. Professional Video
If a picture is worth a thousand words, video is surely worth ten thousand. Having a walk through video and/or drone footage of the exterior will give potential buyers a great idea of what to expect when they tour your home.
3. Professional Staging
This is particularly helpful if your furniture is a little shabby or outdated. With the help of a design professional, you can transform your home into a show piece with rental furniture and a little help on placement.