Get Your Home Ready Before Listing It
Potential buyers will inspect the photographs or videos of your home that you share with your listing. It will be easier to find interested buyers if the photographs or videos of your home are appealing.
Get your home ready before taking photographs, planning an open house, or scheduling a showing.
Improve the exterior of your home to boost curb appeal:
- Mow the lawn, trim the trees and bushes, and get rid of any plants that look sick. You can also add some colorful flowers.
- Clean your yard and get rid of anything that looks old or damaged. Fix any holes in your fence and throw away your old lawn furniture or restore it with a new coat of paint.
- Paint the outside of your home if needed. Wash the outside of the windows and paint the window trim.
- Inspect your roof, clean it, and replace a few shingles if needed. Fix any broken gutters and clean them.
- Rent a pressure washer. Use it to clean the outside of your home, your shed, your driveway, and the sidewalk in front of your home.
- Get a new mailbox and house number. Place a visible for sale sign in front of your home.
You’ll also need to prepare the inside of your home:
- Eliminate as many items as possible to make your home look less cluttered. You could pack all the items you don’t need and keep the ones you use on a daily basis in boxes that can easily be put away.
- Put away photographs, décor items, mementos, and other personal objects. Make your home look as neutral as possible so that potential buyers can visualize themselves living here.
- Clear up as much space as possible to make rooms seem larger. Put furniture into storage if needed.
- Repaint with neutral colors. If some of your rooms are painted with bright colors or if you’ve used a stencil when painting, apply a new coat of paint in a neutral color.
- Make your home look newer by painting windows, doors, and cabinets. Replace old outlets, light fixtures, door handles, and cabinet doors.
- Fix small problems such as leaking faucets, damaged floor tiles, or cracks in walls.
- Replace items such as rugs, curtains, or bedspreads with more neutral ones.
- Clean your entire home. Wash the walls and wax the floors. Apply new caulk where needed.
- Use a professional carpet cleaning service or rent a steam cleaner to get rid of any stains.
Your realtor can help you with this process and provide you with a list of the things you need to do. They might be able to notice issues that you didn’t realize could put off potential buyers and things you have grown accustomed to.
If you decide to sell your home yourself, have a friend or a relative come over and take a look at your home. It might be difficult to notice the things that could be fixed or made to look newer since this is your home, but someone else will probably notice anything that might influence a potential buyer.
“There is something permanent, and something extremely profound, in owning a home.” – Kenny Guinn