A Brief Checklist Before Selling Your Home


Once you’re ready to move on to a new property, there are several things you need to accomplish.  Before you can enjoy your new home, you must first find the most efficient way to sell your existing property.

There is no magic equation for selling your home with lightning speed, but there are several steps that have been proven effective in bringing in a higher selling price in less time.

Make your property more appealing to potential buyers, and check off these few aspects of preparation before you post your listing.

Find a competent real estate agent

You may have a strong temptation to handle all the technical aspects of selling your own home in an attempt to make more money off of the transaction, but the possible negative ramifications of such a decision are not worth the possibility of a little more money.

A competent real estate agent will do all the legal legwork for you and remove much of the stress surrounding the event of selling a home.

Invest in curb appeal

Spruce up the outside of your home and the surrounding property.  Clean and repair any issues with the roofing and gutters of the home.  Cracks in the pavement are also a problem for many buyers, so invest in the repair of your driveway and other paved areas of your property.

There’s also a benefit to a fresh coat of paint on the front door, some freshly planted flowers, and a new mailbox.  Whatever you can do to improve the initial impression of your home will help draw in potential buyers.

Depersonalize the home’s interior

Depersonalize the interior and exterior of your home before listing it on the market.  You will most likely have potential buyers in and out of your home, and you need them to see their own lives in the house.

Paint the walls in neutral colors, and remove any personalized decorative aspects to make the interior of the home feel more like a blank slate.  Buyers need the ability to envision their own belongings in the home, and that is difficult to do with a lot of clutter lying around.

Fix any squeaky doors or loose handles

Before listing your home for sale, take a close inventory of all the little creaks and loose doors handles around the house.  Fix loose handrails on stairways and squeaky doors to bedrooms.  Though these are simple fixes, home buyers don’t want to feel like the home has not been well maintained.

Touch up wall paint

It is also helpful to touch up any scuffs or knicks in the walls of your home.  A fresh coat of paint goes a long way for any project, and it’s easier to sell a home that smells new.

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