Steps to Take Before Putting Your Home on the Market
Putting your home on the market can be a daunting task, especially if you are in the mindset of buying your next home. But here are a few items to help you get ready for listing your home.
- Consider a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before the listing hits the market.
- Organize, clean and declutter. This is one area that is a major drawback to potential buyers. Reduce clutter as much as possible. Renting an off-site storage unit is a good idea where you can store items that will not be needed, such as seasonal items. If renting an off-site storage facility is not feasible, pack unneeded items in boxes and store them neatly in garage or basement. Clean windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures and baseboards to make your house shine. Contacting a cleaning service for a deep clean may be a good idea. Never – and I mean never – use scented candles or plug-in air fresheners to make your house smell good. Not only are there many individuals who have respiratory issues, but the message you may send potential buyers is that you are trying to cover up a bad smell.
- Get some replacement estimates. If you have a leak in your roof, you absolutely must get that repaired, but if your roof is in tack but may need to be replaced in a few years, get an estimate from a reputable, licensed roofing contractor. Even if you do not intend to do the repair at the time, when potential buyers look at the roof they will generally try to negotiate down more than the actual repair will cost.
- Locate warranties. Gather any warranties and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, garage door opener etc. Any contact information you have for services that were provided for the home are also great to have on hand. For example: If you have the furnace and air conditioner service regularly, the information you can provide will make it easier for the buyers. Although many people strive to have this available at the closing. I think it’s a good idea to have it available when you list the house. Potential buyers can see that you are proactive and have taken good care of the property.
- Spruce up the curb appeal. Walk out to your street and look at the front yard. Try to imagine what a potential buyer would see. I suggest that you ask your REALTOR® to help you with that task. Needless to say, the curb appeal is the first impression the potential buyer has of your property. When potential buyers visit your home, they will walk away with only a few memories of your property. If they walk away with a favorable impression of the property they will be more likely to eventually make an offer. If they walk away with a negative impression, it is unlikely they will make an offer. Having a memory of the property that was too cold or too hot, or cluttered or whatever, it is less likely an offer will come your way.
Of course, the first thing you should do is sign a seller’s representation contract with a REALTOR® who can walk with you every step of the way.
If you are looking to buy or sell, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® – who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com or text or call me at 301-712-8808.