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7 Things to do Before Listing Your Home

Pre-Listing Checklist

1. Freshen up your curb appeal.

When it comes to homes, people judge a book by its cover. Make sure a potential buyer's first impression is a good one. The goal is to have them take one look at the outside and be eager to see the rest of the house!

You don’t need to spend a ton of money. Do a bit of landscaping to clean things up and boost your curb appeal. Even doing some fairly easy fixes like cleaning up your yard, planting colorful flowers, trimming bushes, repainting the front door, etc. can really make your curb appeal more inviting to potential buyers.

2. Declutter & Depersonalize

Cramped and cluttered rooms make a house look smaller and are a turnoff for buyers. You want it to be easy for them to see themselves in your home. Having rooms filled with personal items makes that a lot harder to do. Clean up any clutter and minimize the personal items you have out.

Start with visible flat surfaces like counters, tables, windowsills, and benches. Then move to other fairly visible spaces like cupboards, drawers, & baskets. Lastly to less visible places like closets, garages, and anywhere else that’s left to declutter. Hide unsightly everyday items. Dishes, kids' toys, mail, pet items, etc. Pack items up to store or donate what you’re not going to use.

Decluttering & depersonalizing will make a big difference with how your home looks to potential buyers, but also make it easier when you sell and begin to move into a new home!

3. Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

Painting is a fairly inexpensive fix that can offer a big return on investment. You might like the unique colors you picked out when you redid your living room, but they could be a complete turn-off to a potential buyer. Stick with light, neutral tones that will brighten up any space and appeal to the majority. 

4. Fix the small stuff.

Any broken or loose handles, towel bars, curtain rods, patch any holes in the walls, or anything else that's a quick fix. Something little can make a potential buyer think “what else is broken here?” You don’t need to fix everything and have a perfect house, but touching up the quick & small things can help!

5. Do a Deep Clean. 

A clean home implies a well taken care of home! But this is more than tidying up for when you have company over. We’re talking about a deep clean to make everything sparkle.

You know the type of cleaning your mom used to do when she was expecting a visit from your Great Aunt Linda who noticed every detail, every neglected window sill that was missed in the dusting, and always made it known? We’re talking about that level of clean...and then some.

Clean rugs & carpets to remove any stains and make them look fresh, tidy up each room, get rid of any cobwebs on high ceiling areas, organize closets & cupboards. A floor to ceiling deep clean. If it’s too daunting of a task for you to do on your own, hire out! Have a local cleaning company help you out by taking one thing off your list.

6. Add the little touches.

Any small touches of comfort that’ll make your house feel more homey and welcoming, like fresh-cut flowers on the kitchen counter or dining room table. Adding a few plants in general can add an inviting environment and natural color.

 7. Find a great agent.

And here we are!  But in all seriousness, finding an agent you relate to and connect with can make all the difference. Hiring the right real estate agent should be a top priority in your home sale to-do list. 

Realtors know what buyers want because they hear it every day. They’ll be able to help you prepare your home and pick the pieces that are most important to get it ready for selling. Not to mention help you through the entire process.

Want to know what you can do for your property specifically? Ask your real estate agent what tips they have for you. We’re happy to help!