You’ve decided to list your home for sale. Great! There are some things you should do before you put the sign out front.
1. Locate all important papers
Before you do anything else locate all the important papers for your home. Things like operating manuals for appliances, warranties and any receipts or information on updates to the systems in the home.
Also gather utility bills so your can tell your Realtor
what your average heating and water bills are. Then get estimates for the cost to replace things in your home that might be ready to be replaced. Then you can decide if you want to do that yourself, or at least have the information handy so you can use it as a negotiating tool later.
2. Think first impressions
Go outside and look at the entrance to your home. Is it warm and inviting or tired and blah? What about your landscaping? Spruce it all up because if the outside looks bad no one will stop to look at the inside. Curb appeal is very important!
3. Clean and declutter
Buyers look EVERYWHERE! They open cabinets, appliances and closets. If you don’t want to clean yourself, hire a professional to really deep clean your house. Before they come start packing up your extras, personal items and anything not necessary to live for a few weeks or so. Not only will it give you a leg up on packing, but it will make closets and rooms look bigger. Take all that you pack up and store it off site.
4. Replace light bulbs and heavy curtains
Make rooms look light and airy. Also makes the home more neutral. Update paint on the walls with less bold colors and more neutral. Neutral doesn’t mean white, but an up to date color that isn’t super bright or bold. Also repaint woodwork.
5. Stage your rooms
Set tables with placemats and dishes. Use the good china in the dining room, or casual in the kitchen or eating nook. Also remove any pet stuff and see if you can find a temporary place for your pets during showing hours.
Now you’re ready!