Prepping Your Home for Sale: A Step-by-Step Checklist

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From 1990 to 2017, there has been slight fluctuation of home ownership rate, or the proportion of owner-occupied households, in the United States. As of 2017, home ownership rose to 64.2 percent compared to 2016’s 63.7 percent. Nonetheless, the outlook on property market is positive with people preferring to purchase a place they can call their own.

How come you are having a hard time selling your home? Perhaps, you missed these steps:

Start outside

This is the first thing you need to pay attention to if you want to sell your house. Keep in mind that the exterior could make or break the deal. Therefore, clean the outside and if possible, improve your home’s landscaping. You can also do the following:

  • Mow the loan.
  • Weed the garden.
  • Plant yellow flowers, preferably marigold.
  • Prune bushes.
  • Paint the exterior of your home.
  • Replace or paint the mailbox.
  • Paint the front door that is in contrast with the color of the house to make it stand out.
  • Buy welcome mat.

These things will definitely help attract buyers.

Repair what’s broken

Would you buy something that is broken? Definitely not. The same goes with selling your home.

In preparing your home for sale, make sure to fix what’s broken such as leaky roof, cracks in the walls, busted pipes, broken light bulbs, or cracked windows. Doors and drawers that don’t open or close properly must also be fixed.

Repairs equate to costs and leaving this burden to new owners could affect the price of the property. This means you’ll sell your property at a lower price and might have a hard time negotiating because of the repairs they have to do in the house. When you take care of repairs prior to sale, it could help increase the chances of closing the deal because new owners will worry less.

Now that you’re done outside, the next thing you need to do is to pay attention to what’s inside with the help of the succeeding tips.

One word: De-personalize.

You are selling your home before foreclosure. There is no need to hold on to those family photographs you accumulated over the years, your child’s painting when she was 5, trophies from various competitions, and other things that represent you and your family. Books, CDs, and posters hanged on the wall must also be kept.

Keep in mind that buyers like to envision themselves in a particular home before they say yes to a property – and seeing your personal belongings won’t definitely help in closing the deal. You might want to consider renting a storage space in the meantime to keep all of your belongings until you’re able to find a permanent place for them.

Minimize furniture

You love how your house turned out, thanks to countless magazines and Pinterest. No matter how good it looks, potential owners don’t need that.

Therefore, remove excess furniture and keep it up to three pieces only. Stick to the basics for each room, say couch, center table, and an accent chair in the living room. This will make the room look bigger, thereby giving potential owners a better way to envision how their future home will look.

Declutter is key

You were able to fix the outside of your home, repair, de-personalize, and removed excess furniture. The next thing you need to do is to declutter your home.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Pack up books and bookcases.
  • Organize or clean out all closets and drawers.
  • Re-arrange kitchen, including the pantry and cabinets.
  • Store CDs and DVDs you would like to keep.

Tip: Take this opportunity to categorize your things into “Throw,” “Keep,” and “Donate.” It would also help you lessen your load when you move to a new place.

Clean up

You might be tempted to skip the first five steps and proceed to cleaning up. Unfortunately, it would make the preparation process longer because you’re doing a lot of things all at the same time. This is why cleaning up should be done as part of the “almost done” phase.

In cleaning up, you should:

  • Polish wood or ceramic floorings.
  • Dust window frames and the tops of your doorways.
  • Clean and/or replace carpets.
  • Get rid of cobwebs.
  • Polish mirrors and chrome faucets.
  • Dust furniture, light fixtures, and fan blades.
  • Re-caulk shower, tub, and sink.
  • Scrub the oven.
  • Bleach tile grout.
  • Clean and deodorize refrigerator.
  • Hang fresh towels in the bathroom.
  • Repaint walls, especially those areas with your kids’ drawings or rooms with wallpapers on. Neutral colors are advisable on this one so it will be easier for the next homeowner to adjust according to their taste.
  • Replace curtains, bed sheets, and cushion covers.

This can be gruesome for you, but the cleaner the house, the higher chances of getting that sale. Don’t forget to spray air neutralizer and prepare a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies to make the home more inviting.

Preparing your home for sale is not an easy job. If you really want to close that deal fast, then these steps could help.

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A post by Pankaj Sharma (6 Posts)

Pankaj Sharma is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely his/her own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.


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