Selling

April 24, 2019

What To Do BEFORE Selling Your House

Are you getting ready to sell your house? Before you put the sign in the yard you’ll want to make sure you put your best foot forward.

In this blog post, I’m giving you ways to get your house ready before putting it on the market. If you want to sell your house quicker and for the most amount of money follow the steps below. Don’t forget to download your free + printable checklist!

What to do before selling your list

CURB APPEAL

My mom always used to tell me, “The outside of your house is a reflection of the inside.” When a potential buyer pulls in your driveway they are already forming an opinion. They are assuming how well you have taken care of the outside is how well you have taken care of the inside.

Put on your garden gloves and get to work pulling weeds and freshening up your outdoor space. If you are living in a different state hire someone to maintain your landscaping.

What to do before selling your house

Before listing consider purchasing a few potted plants to place near your front door. Add a welcome mat and a wreath to make their entrance inviting. If your front door has chipped paint it’s time to touch it up. Wipe off the door handles and clean any outdoor lights.

Pressure wash fences, driveways, and patios. Fix any glaring cracks in the driveway.


SMELL

I have had people walk into a house and not want to look any further based on the smell. Have a friend or relative come over and give you honest feedback on the smell of your house. Clean or replace carpets if they tell you that it smells like animals, cigarettes, or anything else funky.

Don’t leave candles burning during showings, but consider getting an essential oil diffuser.

Take all traces of pets with you for showings. The people viewing your home could be animal lovers. Even if they are, they might not like the thought of someone else’s animals living in their potential home. Keep a storage container handy to throw food, leashes, beds, and litter boxes in. Then you throw the storage container in your car when you head out for showings.


DECLUTTER

Start packing! Go through your things and donate, toss, or sell. Think of it like you are getting ahead of packing. When potential buyers see boxes already packed they know you will be ready to move. If you don’t have a place to store packed boxes consider stacking them up neatly in the garage.

Make your entryway inviting and remove any “clutter catchers” like shoe racks or bins. Remove family pictures, you want them to envision themselves living there. If you want to keep the frames up consider replacing the pictures with scenery instead.

Take down everything off of the refrigerator. Clean out cabinets and the pantry. People will be opening drawers and cabinets. Keep minimal items on counter tops, dressers, and tables.

Pack up half of your kids’ toys. This will make it much easier when getting ready for a showing. Think about all the time you’ll save not making sure all those tiny Lego pieces get picked up!

Box up out of season clothing to make your closets look bigger.


CLEAN

Deep clean before putting your house on the market. It’s easier to keep up with this than catch up. You want to be ready for showings.

Wipe down doors and remove any handprints or marks.

Clean out the refrigerator and microwave. Hose out all trash cans.

Wipe down blinds and clean windows.

What to do before selling your house

REPAIR

Complete any repairs before listing your house. This step could save you money in the long run. If you do this before listing you get to decide who makes the repairs. Keep in mind, you’ll want to make sure the repair gets fixed the correct way.

Small repairs you have been meaning to do, such as fixing a leaky faucet or even changing light bulb should get taken care of along with any major repairs. Potential buyers can walk away (depending on the state) if they aren’t satisfied with the home inspection.


PAINT

Bright colors can deter buyers because a lot of people can’t see past paint colors. Spend the money upfront to neutralize any bright colored rooms. Freshen up paint that’s nicked or scratched.


Follow these steps and you will be on your way to getting your house sold! Every house is different, and every buyer is different but you want to prepare as much as possible. Upfront work can help reduce future stress.

Ready to tackle these steps? Click here for a free + printable PDF!

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