Selling your house is often a bittersweet experience, but it can also be a daunting one if you aren’t sure how it works. To simplify the process, it’s important to understand what needs to be done before the property gets listed and what to do after accepting an offer. And the best way to accomplish that: Put it all down in writing, in a handy list.
We’ve put together a home selling checklist of things you should do before, during and after you sell your home. These tips will help you prepare and know what to expect throughout the process.
Things to do before you list your home
Hire a real estate agent
One of the very first things to do before selling your house is to hire a real estate agent. Unless there’s someone you’ve had a good experience with in the past — perhaps the Realtor who found you your current abode? — ask local friends or family members for a recommendation. Don’t be afraid to interview a few real estate agents before you decide to hire one. Each has their unique strengths, so make sure to choose one with knowledge of your location and market.
Focus on curb appeal
When a potential buyer tours your home, the first thing they will see is the exterior. Before listing your home on the market, spend some time making upgrades that will improve the curb appeal of your house. Adding curb appeal can be easy and budget-friendly. Here are a few suggestions:
- Paint the front door
- Power wash the windows
- Power wash the exterior and external fixtures (decks, patios)
- Plant flowers or bushes
- Repave the front walkway
- Replace the mailbox
Clean up the interior
You might not mind living in organized chaos, but it’s not the best look when you’re selling your home. Focus your attention on decluttering, organizing and cleaning the interior before potential buyers come in. Go through your belongings and throw away or donate things you no longer need or use. Don’t be tempted to just shove things out of sight, either — buyers will open closets and eyeball basements and attics to get a sense of how much storage room is available. While making major renovations usually isn’t recommended, it might not hurt to touch up the paint on walls or ceilings, especially if it’s peeling or cracking.
Remove personal items on display
As you’re tidying your home, it’s a good idea to remove personal items that are on display. …….