Sellers Checklist A Timeline To Prep Your Home For Sale

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Seller’sChecklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale



We’restill in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home isguaranteed to easily sell.1If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important toprepare your home before putting it on the market.


Startby connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Havingthe eyes and ears of an insightful real estate professional on yourside can help you boost your home’s appeal to buyers. What’smore, beginning the preparation process early allows you to tacklerepairs and upgrades that can increase your property’s value.


Usethe checklist below to figure out what other tasks you shouldcomplete in the months leading up to listing your home. Whileeveryone’s situation is unique, these guidelines will help you makesure you’re ready to sell when the time is right. Of course, youcan alwayscall us if you’re not sure where to start or what to tackle first.We can help customize a plan that works for you.


ASSOON AS YOU THINK OF SELLING


Somehome sellers want to plan their future move far in advance, whileothers will be required to pack up on very short notice. Whateveryour circumstances, these first steps will help assure you’ll beahead of the listing game.


    ContactYour Real Estate Agent


Wego the extra mile when it comes to servicing our clients, and thatincludes a series of complimentary, pre-listing consultations to helpyou prepare your home for the market.


Somesellers make the mistake of waiting until they are ready to listtheir home to contact a real estate agent. But we’ve found that theearlier we’re brought into the process, the better the result. Thatoften means a faster sale—and more money in your pocket afterclosing.


Weknow what buyers want in today’s market, and we can help devise aplan to maximize your property’s appeal. We can also connect youwith our trusted network of contractors, vendors, and serviceprofessionals, so you’ll be sure to get the VIP treatment. Thisnetwork of support can alleviate stress and help ensure you geteverything done in the weeks or months leading up to listing.


    AddressMajor Issues and Upgrades


Inmost cases, you won’t need to make any major renovations before youlist. But if you’re selling an older home, or if you have any doubtabout its condition, it’s best to get us involved as soon aspossible so we can help you assess any necessary repairs.


Insome instances, we may recommend a pre-listing inspection. Althoughit's less common in a seller's market, a pre-listing inspection canhelp you avoid potential surprises down the road. We can discuss thepros and cons during our initial meeting.


Thisis the time to address major structural, systems, or cosmetic issuesthat could hurt the sale of your home down the line. For example,problems with the frame, foundation, or roof are likely to be flaggedon an inspection report. Issues with the HVAC system, electricalwiring, or plumbing may cause the home to be unsafe. And sometimesoutdated or unpopular design features can limit a home’s salespotential.


Remember,when you’re dealing with major repairs or renovations, it’s bestto give yourself as much time as possible. Given rampant labor andmaterial shortages, starting right away can help you avoid costlydelays.2Contact us so we can guide you on the updates that are worth yourtime and investment.


1MONTH (OR MORE) BEFORE YOU LIST


Onceany large-scale renovations have been addressed, you can turn yourattention to the more minor updates that still play a major role inhow buyers perceive your home.


    MakeMinor Repairs


Lookfor any unaddressed maintenance or repair issues, such as waterspots, pest activity, and rotten siding. This is the time to takecare of those small annoyances like squeaky hinges, sticking doors,and leaky faucets, too.


Manyof these issues can be handled by going the DIY route and using a fewsimple tools. Tackle the ones you can and be sure to call aprofessional for the ones you’re not comfortable doing yourself. Wecan refer you to local service providers who can help.


Rememberthat it’s easy to overlook these small issues because you live withthem. When you work with us, you get a fresh set of eyes on yourhome—so you don’t miss any important repairs that could make abig difference to buyers.


    RefreshYour Design


Thisis a great time to think about some simple design updates that canmake a significant impression on buyers. For example, a fresh coat ofpaint is an easy and affordable way to spruce up your home. Onesurvey found that interior paint offered a 107% return oninvestment.3For broad appeal, opt for warm, neutral colors.


Andnever underestimate the importance of good curb appeal. Homes withgood curb appeal sell for 7% more, on average, than similar homeswith an “uninviting exterior.”4If weather permits, lay fresh sod where needed, plant colorfulflowers, and add some new mulch to your beds.


Evenjust repositioning your furniture can make a huge difference tobuyers. A survey by the Real Estate Staging Association found thatstaged homes sold faster, and 73% sold over list price.5We can refer you to a local stager or offer our insights andsuggestions if you prefer the DIY route.


    Declutterand Depersonalize


Doinga little bit of decluttering every day is a lot easier than trying totake care of it all at once right before your home hits the market. Asimple strategy is to do this one room at a time, working your waythrough each space whenever you have a bit of free time.


Startby donating or discarding items that you no longer want or need. Thenpack up any seasonal items, family photos, and personal collectionsyou can live without for the next few weeks. Bonus: This will giveyou a head start on packing for your move!


1WEEK BEFORE YOU GO TO MARKET


Withjust one week before your home is available for sale, all major itemsshould be crossed off your to-do list. Now it’s time to focus onthe small details that will really make your home shine. Here are afew key areas to focus on during this last week.


    Check-InWith Your Agent


We’llconnect again to make sure we’re aligned on the listing price,marketing plan, and any remaining prep. We will be there every stepof the way, ensuring you’re fully prepared to maximize the sale ofyour home.


    TidyYour Exterior


You’vealready done the major landscaping—now it’s time to tackle thelast few details. Make sure your lawn is freshly mowed, hedges aretrimmed, and flower beds are weeded.


Inaddition, now is the time to clean your home’s exterior if youhaven’t already. Power wash your siding, empty the gutters, andwash all your windows and screens.


    DeepClean Your Interior


Yourhouse should be deep cleaned before listing, including a thoroughdeodorizing of the home’s interior and steam cleaning for allcarpets. Consider hiring a professional cleaning company to ensurethe space smells and looks as fresh as possible.


Inaddition to cleaning, take some time to tidy up. Buyers will lookinside your closets, pantries, and cabinets, so make sure they areneat and organized. Small appliances and toiletries should be clearedoff the countertops.


DAYOF SHOWING


Nowyou’re all set to go and there are just a few small things you needto handle on the day of showings or open houses. Do a finalwalk-through and take care of these finishing touches to givepotential buyers the best possible impression.


    Pre-ShowingPrep


Happyand comfortable buyers are more likely to submit offers! Make themfeel at home by adjusting the thermostat to a comfortabletemperature. Open any blinds and curtains throughout the house, andturn on all lights so buyers can see all the potential in your home.


Thentidy up by vacuuming and sweeping floors, emptying (or hiding) trashcans, and wiping down countertops. In the bathrooms, close toiletlids and hang clean hand towels.


Don’tforget to secure firearms, jewelry, sensitive documents, prescriptionmedications, and any other items of value in a safe or store themoff-site.


Finally,it’s best to have pets out of the house during showings. Ifpossible, you should also remove evidence of pets (litter box, dogbeds, etc.), which can be a turn-off for some buyers.


DON’TWAIT TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR SELLING


Ifyou want to get top dollar for your home, don’tput iton the market beforeit’s ready. The right preparationcanmake all the difference when it comes to maximizing the offers youget. The upgrades and changes you need to make will depend upon yourhome’s condition, so don’t wait to speak with an agent.


Callour team if you’re thinking about selling your home, even if you’renot sure when. It’s never too early to seek the guidance of yourreal estate agent and start preparing your home to sell.


Sources:

    Fortune-https://fortune.com/2022/02/08/should-i-buy-house-sellers-market-housing-real-estate-fannie-mae/

    Forbes-https://www.forbes.com/advisor/home-improvement/labor-materials-shortage-impacts-renovations/

    PRWeb-https://www.prweb.com/releases/2012-homegain/home-improvement-survey/prweb9433460.htm

    RealtorMagazine-https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2020/01/27/how-much-does-curb-appeal-affect-home-value

    RealEstate Staging Association-https://www.realestatestagingassociation.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=304550&module_id=164548

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Otniel Gil

Otniel Gil has been a top agent in Treasure Island, FL real estate for over 10 years. Prior to entering the real estate business, he was in the insurance & wealth management industry and his backg....

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