Deciding to SellSelecting an AgentPreparing to SellPricing and NegotiatingEscrow, Inspections and AppraisalsSettlement
Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale
- Improve curb appeal
- Power wash the house and outdoor furniture. Replace and paint decayed wood trim. Wash windows. Trim bushes. Fertilize lawn. Rake leaves. Edge and mulch beds. Plant colorful annuals.
- Maximize interior space
- Declutter. Decorate sparsely to give walls, tables and shelves a spacious appearance. Put excess furniture in storage. Add color (pillows, throws, towels).
- Touch up ceilings, walls and trim. Polish cabinets and furniture. Steam clean carpets and drapes. Re-seal and polish floors. Organize the garage and attic.
- If your home is 10+ years old, odds are it is a bit out-of-date. Consider replacing cabinet handles, towel bars, ceiling fans, light fixtures, mirrors, outlet covers, door knobs and locksets.
- Make repairs
- Proactively repair leaky roofs, fogged windows, broken shutters, leaky faucets, and slow-draining sinks. Caulk the kitchen sink and bathrooms. Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- You’ll lose leverage with potential future buyers if your contracted buyer opts out of the deal during the Due Diligence period due to a bad home inspection report.
It typically takes 2-4 weeks to prepare a home for sale. Next steps include:
- Execute an agency agreement
- Prepare your home for sale
- Schedule interior design consultation, professional site photography, and floor plan measurements
- Design and print marketing collateral
- List property for sale in the Multiple Listing Service
- Place signage in yard and initiate the marketing plan