Your home's value might give you an estimate of what your home will sell for, but it’s important to try and stand out to potential buyers. You might be wondering, “Ok, then what do I need to do before selling my home?”
Before listing your home, you should do a few of the following things:
1. Have a pre-sale home inspection.
Arrange a pre-sale home inspection. Having an inspection will show you areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll have time to make any necessary repairs before you list your home for sale.
2. Organize and clean.
Eliminate clutter as much as possible! Pack up your least-used items (like kitchen appliances, out-of-season clothes, toys, etc.) and store them off-site or in boxes neatly arranged and stacked in your garage or basement. Clean windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards so your home really shines!
3. Get replacement estimates.
Do you have any expensive items that need to be replaced, like your roof or carpeting? It’s a good idea to get estimates on replacing them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. Knowing this information can help potential buyers determine if they can afford your home, and it will be handy information to have when negotiations begin.
4. Find your warranties.
Organize your warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for things like your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, etc. Basically, you’ll want to have these warranties on hand for whatever items will remain with the house.
5. Spruce up the curb appeal.
Stand outside your home, and pretend you’re a buyer for a moment. As you walk towards the front door, what’s your impression of the property? Is your front yard nearly manicured? Can you easily see the address? Do bright flowers or green plants catch your eye? Take notes and consider what you can do to make improvements!