According to Zillow the best time to sell a home is early spring. With January coming to a close it’s time to make a checklist for getting the place ready to go! Every home has its own character but there are a few things to keep in mind before putting it on the market.
We’ve put together a short checklist to help you organize and prep a home before the big listing day. Good luck!
1. Big Ticket Items
No house is perfect, so before taking the big plunge by putting it on the market, fix a few of the bigger issues. It may be time for a new roof or new floors and you’ve been putting them off for too long. However, if you’ve noticed the leak or scratches, the potential buyer will too. Besides, the big ticket items make the home more valuable in the long run and can alleviate some stress of the closing period. If you are looking for an easy way to get these big projects done, Jonny On It can save you time with our quick and safe app.
2. Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize
This may seem obvious but buyers can be picky, and a cluttered or dirty area will stand out in a bad way. Pay attention to kitchens, bathrooms, and high traffic areas, these rooms will need the most upkeep. This is also the perfect time to depersonalize the home. Take family photos down and secure personal items (jewelry, keepsakes, etc.). This keeps all the valuable items safe during tours and can help the buyer picture themselves in the home.
3. Repaint Walls to Neutral Tones
Unfortunately, not all buyers will love the homeowner’s favorite color palette, so painting the interior walls to neutral tones is recommended when selling a home. The neutral walls will brighten up the space and feel more inviting. This also allows the buyer to focus on the qualities of the home rather than the bright yellow walls in the living room.
4. Consider The Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is critical. The front of the house is the first view of the home every buyer will see (whether in-person or online). The exterior must be well kept and key features should be emphasized to rouse interest. This can be as simple as planting flowers, repairing cracks in the driveway, or upgrading the front door. All of these touches improve the outside of the home and can catch the eye of the right buyer.
5. Show Off Your Home’s Best Features
As we said, every home has its own character, use the home’s uniqueness to your advantage. If the home has a luxurious pool or an extensive wrap around porch, make sure they are in tip top condition before putting it on the market. These distinctive elements can make a sale if presented properly.
6. Small Details Matter
Take the time to notice small details in the home. Slight upgrades in cabinet hardware or adding curtains can really enhance a room. Also, make sure all the light fixtures work properly and have fresh light bulbs. Yes, these tasks are small but they can make a difference to potential buyers when considering the home.
7. Prepare for The Open House
There are pros and cons to having an open house, but if you feel it’s the best way to produce buzz for the home, plan accordingly. Before the open house, place signs around the neighborhood to generate interest in the area. You can also run ads and reach out to local agents and brokers with the new listing. Then, prepare all necessary documents that potential buyers want to see (inspection reports, homeowner’s association rules, etc.). A the open house, appeal to all the senses of the guests by baking cookies, lighting candles, or offering refreshments. Little touches can impact a buyers experience during the tour and how they remember the home afterward.
Selling a home isn’t a small task, so save yourself some stress and be prepared and organized beforehand. Diligently mark off your checklist when prepping the home to show it in the best light possible. Then, it will sell in no time!