Must Do’s Before Listing Your Home

Sell your homeIf you have decided to sell your home it is a very exciting time. With so many things you have to make sure that important details don’t slip your mind. It is very important that you know what you are doing when you put your home on the market because you are opening yourself up to a lot of inspection and scrutiny that potential buyers will provide. Read below for some of the top things to do before you list your home. Completing these things will help to make sure that your home stands out from the others on the market and it will give you the best chance for a quick property sale.

Tip #1 Clean And De-Clutter

Home buyers want a home that they can picture themselves and their families in. The first thing that a prospective buyer will see when they get inside the home is if it is clean so make sure that their first impression is a great one. Make sure that you try to catch their eyes with the details that you put into selling your house. If you are too emotional about your home it can cause you to not see some of the flaws that you have so make sure that you remain as objective as possible.

Start by cleaning your home from top to bottom. You may have to do a more through cleaning then you are used to but make sure you get rid of grime, cobwebs, mold, mildew, dust, and anything else that makes your house look not clean. Paint the house a neutral color that will not turn off the people that are going to come and look at the house. Make sure that you depersonalize your home by removing family pictures, mementos, and other personal knick knacks that you have taking up space.

Tip # 2 Make Any Necessary Repairs

If you are selling your home but are not sure of what should be repaired it would be a good idea to hire a home inspector who can help you point out things that you should repair because they become a problem. if the inspector points out anything like a crack in the foundation, roofing problem, or water damage you can use this information to fix the problem before you actually list the home. If you do not it could end up costing you more in the end because anyone willing to buy it is going to ask you to discount the price of the house. Many homeowners will not want to make these types of repairs even if you offer a steep discount on the price of the home.

Tip #3 – Proper Staging

After you have properly cleaned and repaired your home it is time to stage it in a way that will attract buyers to it. If you can make sure that the buyer sees what the home will look like with nice furniture and decorations it can help you sell your home and do so quicker. Staging also helps to ensure that the buyer knows what each room is for while they are looking at it initially. If you can stage a finished basement as an entertainment room or a spare bedroom into an office buyers will see that the room is a functional piece of the home and not just wasted space.

If you follow these three simple tips when you list your home you will get the best possible feedback from the prospective buyers that come to look at your home. If they see that you took the time and effort to make the home look good before selling it they will be more likely to put your home at the top of their short list of homes to consider buying.


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