Preparing to Sell Your Home?
The Big Checklist
Spring and summer are prime real estate season around here. If you are looking to sell your home this year, there are some steps you can take to make the process a whole lot easier. Trying to sell your home is an emotional roller coaster as it is, so doing some pre-emptive steps before listing it will make the process go much more smoothly.
At Riddle Services, we help people with this all the time. We know what buyers and agents look at when they are looking at a home. It is essential to have these things taken care of so that you can get top dollar for your home, and more importantly, stay sane through the process
There are obvious and not-so-obvious repairs that need to be made. Hiring someone who can look at your home and do an inspection before you put it on the market, can be a huge help. We can give you a list of things that need to be repaired and prioritize them based on your budget.
There are so many little things that you can do on your own or we can help you with as well. Things like:
- stained ceilings,
- stuck windows,
- broken steps,
- damaged walls,
- paint touch-ups,
- burnt out lights, and
- update landscaping.
They may not seem like a big deal to you, but in the eyes of a buyer, it means the home has not been well-maintained and they will have more questions on what else “behind the walls” needs to be repaired. This does not help to sell your home.
The exterior and curb appeal of your home is the first thing a buyer sees. A well-trimmed, healthy lawn and landscape is important. The paint on your home, mailbox and fence needs to be fresh. Even a quick powerwash job on the walkways and stale spots of the exterior of your home will be worth it.
And finally, staging your home is important. Clutter is the enemy. You want to create a space that a buyer can see living in with their things. This may mean painting the walls a neutral color, and packing up a lot of your things and hiding them in a storage unit. Yes, it takes time and is work, but you are going to have to pack it up anyways, so think of it as less work later.