Preparing Your Home For Sale
Updated: Aug 30, 2019
Getting ready to list your home this spring? Does thinking about your To-Do list make you want to crawl back under the covers with a pint of ice cream? You are not alone. It can be a daunting task to prepare for the mania of the spring market, but here are a few tips to help you get ahead of it.
Start Your Spring-Cleaning Early. Forget spring-cleaning. You need to do yourself some post-holidays, where-did-that-dog-stroller-come-from cleaning. Good Will is your friend. Plan to halve what you currently have in your closets and if you don’t plan on selling your grandmother’s chandelier with the home, then TAKE IT DOWN. You don’t want your buyer to delay closing because the chandelier that sold them on the house was missing at the final walk through. Light fixtures and wall-mounted televisions are common points of contention. Save yourself the headache and remove any fixtures you plan to take with you.
Landscape. Even if it is too early to put flowers in the ground, you can always spruce up your yard by trimming back bushes and installing some lighting or stone pathways.
Have A Game Plan. When do you need to move? Will you need a leaseback contract so you have a bit of time to look for a home after closing? Preparing for the most likely scenarios will ease the stress of the transition. You may feel you are getting ahead of yourself by researching movers at this stage, but having an idea what will happen at each stage of the listing and subsequent moving process will give you peace of mind.
Schedule A Pre-Inspection. Not everyone feels the need to do this, but if you don’t like surprises, then you may want to schedule a pre-inspection so you know what is likely to come up when the buyer sends their inspector in. This will also give you time to make any necessary repairs, but beware that you will need to disclose anything you learn during the pre-inspection.
Make Any Obvious Repairs. Buyers are judgy—as they should be. It would be a shame to let scuffed walls, loose doorknobs, and burnt-out light bulbs ruin your chances of getting a top dollar offer on your home. These small things don’t sound serious, but a buyer may balk if they get the impression that there are more sinister underlying issues with the property.
Reach Out To A Realtor. Start looking for a realtor now. You may need some time to find an agent you trust, but a good agent will be able to help you get your home ready to go on the market and, ultimately, make sure you get the best offer.