A Seller’s Checklist: Getting Your Home Ready To Sell!

Spring, it’s just around the corner!  It is when buyers really start looking and March is traditionally always the beginning of the listing season for us.  Getting your home ready to sell involves several key steps to make it more attractive to potential buyers.  If you're thinking about selling, start now by using this comprehensive list we’ve created to help you prepare your home for sale:

  1. Declutter and Depersonalize:
    1. Remove personal items such as family photos and memorabilia.
    2. Declutter each room to make it appear more spacious.
    3. Consider renting a storage unit if needed to temporarily store excess furniture or belongings.
  2. Deep Clean:
    1. Clean every room thoroughly, including carpets, windows, and appliances.
    2. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, as these areas tend to be focal points for buyers.
    3. Outside too, especially the entrance. Clear cobwebs and debris.
  3. Make Minor Repairs:
    1. Fix any leaky faucets, squeaky doors, or other minor issues.
    2. Replace burned-out light bulbs and broken fixtures.
    3. Patch and repaint walls with scuffs or noticeable marks.
  4. Curb Appeal:
    1. First impressions matter, so ensure your home's exterior looks inviting.
    2. Trim bushes, mow the lawn, and plant flowers for added appeal.
    3. Consider a fresh coat of paint for the front door.
  5. Stage Your Home:
    1. Arrange furniture to showcase each room's purpose and maximize space.
    2. Use neutral colors and minimal decor to appeal to a broad range of buyers.
    3. Highlight the unique features of your home.
  6. Upgrade the Kitchen and Bathroom:
    1. These areas can significantly influence a buyer's decision.
    2. Consider updating cabinet hardware, faucets, and lighting.
    3. A fresh coat of paint or new tiles can make a big difference.
  7. Address Odors:
    1. Eliminate any unpleasant smells. Clean carpets, drapes, and upholstery.
    2. Avoid strong cooking odors during showings.
  8. Improve Lighting:
    1. Ensure all rooms are well-lit. Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light.
    2. Consider updating light fixtures for a more modern look.
    3. Make sure all your lightbulbs color tone  matches.
  9. Enhance Energy Efficiency:
    1. Upgrade insulation, seal drafts, and ensure windows and doors are energy efficient.
    2. Consider investing in energy-efficient appliances.
  10. Setting the Right Price:
    1. We research comparable home sales in your area to determine a competitive listing price.
  11. WE Market Effectively:
    1. Use high-quality professional photos for online listings.
    2. Use 3D virtual tours or video walkthroughs.
    3. Leverage social media and other online platforms for marketing.
  12. Be Flexible with Showings:
    1. Make your home available for showings, even on short notice.
    2. Ensure your home is always clean and ready for potential buyers.
  13. Consider Professional Home Inspection:
    1. Getting a pre-listing home inspection can help you address issues before potential buyers discover them.

By following these steps, you can increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers and potentially sell it more quickly at a favorable price.

For questions,  links to our preferred inspectors, lenders, stagers and contractors, or to schedule a listing appointment with us, you can call or email me at [email protected].

About the Author

Vicki Kondracki

Vicki Kondracki

Vicki Kondracki is a licensed Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Eagle Rock. She has worked with Todd since 2017, assisting Todd in serving his buyer clients and in preparing and marketing all of the listings for his seller clients.