Are you looking to sell your home this Spring, but not sure where to start?
Below we have compiled a short checklist of items to review before listing your home.
1. Plan Ahead - Walk through each room and criticize the home from a buyer's perspective. - If work has been performed by prior contractors, save receipts of the work. - Sell, donate or trash anything you don't need. This is the time to get rid of anything you've been holding onto.
2. Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize - Scrub tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. - Sweep and mop floors (even in the corners). Remove cobwebs in the corners or your ceilings. - Consider replacing carpet if stains are very prominent or if carpet cleaner does not remove large stains. *consult your Realtor, most cases we would have you wait until your home is under contract - Repair MAJOR cracks and holes in the walls. - If you have bright colored walls, we recommend choosing colors that are neutral (like beige, cream or pastels). Pale blues and greens are good for bathrooms. - Remove excess and oversized furniture. - Rearrange furniture to maximize space in each room. - Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes neatly in boxes and storage containers to make your home look as decluttered as possible. If you have attic space, or a shed, neatly store your excess belongings in there. - Remove small appliances, toys, magazines, and pet items from inside and outside the property. - Remove ALL family photos, personal collections, and medications from your bathroom cabinets. Note: If you do not prefer family photos to be out on the internet, advised to remove from your walls and store away. - Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry (especially if those items are on top of your dressers or in top drawers).
3. Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms - Replace light bulbs if they are out. Try and match the bulbs as best as you can. - Completely clear the countertops as much as possible. The less you have on the counter, the better your home will show. - Deep clean appliances and fixtures. Clean inside your oven and ensure odors are gone. - Clean and organize your pantry, cabinets, and drawers. (Potential buyers will open pantries and closet doors, so ensure everything is clutter free) - Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs. - Keep all toilet seat lids closed. (Ensure toilets are clean and have been scrubbed inside and out) - Hang fresh, clean (stain free) towels neatly on the towel bar. - Recommended to have your home at a moderate temperature, 65-70 degrees in the winter and summertime. Having your home too cold or hot could trigger a buyer to ask questions about your heating and cooling.
4. Maximize Curb Appeal - Power wash your siding if it is extremely dirty or hand wipe down the windows at a minimum. - Sweep the entryway and walkways. - Mow, water and fertilize the lawn. Green lawns will obviously show best during the summertime. - Trim shrubs and trees. Rake the leaves. - Plant colorful flowers and shrubs - Store toys or equipment lying in the yard. - Clean pet droppings before every showing. (Recommended to grab a few days before to ensure no odors around the house when viewing the yard). - Clean gutters and downspouts, especially during the spring.
5. Show Off Your Home's Best Features - Limit the number of rugs to show off hardwood floors. - Pull back drapes to showcase nice views. - Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants. Remove any dead plants. - Make sure fireplaces are in good working condition.
If you can not do all of the items listed above, focus on the most pertinent. We can help you compile a shorter list dependent on your property. This list is purely a guide. We encourage you to ask us on specific pointers as every home is a bit different. For further questions, or to get the discussion going around listing your home, contact Tamara Williams today at406.223.6823.