Ready to Sell? Use This Home Sale Checklist to be Sure
July 22 2015 Posted by Sherry Jenkins
Selling your home is a big decision, and you want to make sure everything is just right before you put the property on the market. For years, you have looked at your home through the eyes of a proud owner. Now, you must look at the property with the discerning gaze of a would-be buyer. Even if you think your home is market-ready, the following checklist can enhance its curb appeal and even improve its value.
Clear Out the Clutter
Nothing turns buyers off more than a cluttered home. Clutter and disorganization can make even the largest and most spacious room seem cramped and uncomfortable. Put everything in its place before putting your home on the market, and make sure everything is where it belongs before every showing.
Banish Bad Odors
Odors that you do not even notice may be enough to send someone else scurrying. Pet odors, tobacco smoke, cooking smells and other aromas are obnoxious to many people, including the ones who may be touring your home. Banish those bad smells with fresh flowers, potpourri or the ever-enticing smell of fresh-baked cookies.
Would-be buyers will notice every little detail, from the broken antenna on your TV to the worn tread on your stairs. If anything is broken or shoddily repaired, the buyer may wonder if home maintenance has slipped as well. Walk through your home, take note of anything that needs repaired and take the time to do it now.
Clean Like You Mean It
A dirty or poorly presented home is a big turn-off for buyers. On a practical level, would-be buyers know they can clean the home to their specifications. On an emotional level, a dirty home could prevent a would-be buyer from even making an offer. Give everything, from the floors to the ceiling fans, a good scrubbing, and give your home a thorough cleaning before every showing or open house.
Let the Fresh Air In
Opening the windows and pulling the blinds will make your home look brighter and more airy. The fresh air can also help eliminate any remaining odors that could chase buyers away.
When it comes to selling your home quickly and for top dollar, the smallest detail can make the biggest difference. The above checklist can make your home more appealing to buyers, help it sell more quickly and put more money in your pocket.