Your Pre-Home Listing Checklist
August 21, 2018
Your Pre-Home Listing Checklist
Everyone knows that a good first impression can go a long way, especially when it comes to listing your home! It only takes a potential buyer a few seconds to decide whether or not they can envision themselves owning your home. That being said, putting in a little prep work before your house goes on the market can make a tremendous difference in how quickly it sells and for what price!
Below is a list of a few key points you’ll want to consider prior to listing your home. As a full-time Real Estate Agent in QC and surrounding areas, I can attest that these suggestions really do help!!
Buyers want a home for them, NOT you
Although you may be really proud of your orange curtains and shiny disco ball chandelier, not everyone will love your unique decorating style the way you do. This is why a builder’s model home is typically very neutral in style and colors. A neutral canvas provides the opportunity for potential buyers to more easily envision themselves living in and owning your home. And that’s the whole point of showing your house to buyers, right? So, if you have very bright curtains or paint, you might want to consider neutralizing it.
Also, in the spirit of making a good first impression, it’s always best to eliminate anything that could be a potential turn off to prospective buyers before listing your home. Even though we all love to hang up personal photos around the house, it could be a distraction to a buyer who’s trying to picture themselves living there. So, you may want to consider taking those memories down for the meantime and saving them for your new home!
Clean up your clutter
Speaking of unwanted distractions, one of the most important things you can do before listing your home is clean up your clutter. I mean really, clean it up! If your countertops have stacks of paper and there are useless knick knacks sitting around your house, get rid of it. Now I’m not suggesting you throw away all of your things, but maybe just consider it a head start on packing some stuff up. And yes, buyers will look in your storage areas, so it’s best to box everything up and remove it from the home. You need buyers to see how much extra space they’ll have in your home, and cutting the clutter is imperative.
A small investment in upgrades could help you earn top dollar
While it would be nice to have a completely remodeled kitchen and master bath, having major upgrades done is not always practical. That being said, there are still small things you can do that can make a large impact. For example, you could install new cabinet hardware, replace old light fixtures, and/or coat the walls in fresh paint. Often times, these little improvements make a big difference at a minimal cost to you. They may even help you sell your home for top dollar.
Let’s not forget the curb appeal
If you’ve prepped the inside of your home and it’s photo-ready, don’t make the mistake of forgetting about the outside! Again, it’s all about that first impression, and the outside of your home IS what buyers will see first! So for starters, you’ll want to make sure the lawn is well kept, shrubs and trees are trimmed, and the sidewalk and pathways are swept. Clean everything – the siding, windows, doors, gutters, porch. It may seem like a lot of work, but a clean, well-kept exterior will absolutely attract buyers!
If you are thinking about selling your home and would like a few more tips or a market analysis of your neighborhood, please give us a call for more information. We’d love to help!
We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!