Preparing Your Home For Market

Throughout this process, it is crucial to communicate effectively with your real estate agent. Your agent can help identify areas to focus on or areas you don’t need to address. Think about making your home as the blank canvas for the buyer to envision their next step in.

1. Declutter and Depersonalize:

  • Remove personal items and family photos.
  • Declutter each room to make spaces appear larger and more inviting.
  • Remove all valuables and securely store anything with your personal information, like credit card statements and receipts.
  • Ask your Realtor for a donations list, some companies will even come and pick up!

2. Pre-Pack Non-Essentials:

  • Start packing items you won’t need in the immediate future to declutter living spaces and prepare for your move.

3. Deep Cleaning:

  • Clean carpets, windows, and all surfaces.
  • Pay attention to kitchens and bathrooms, ensuring they are spotless.

4. Address Odors:

  • Identify and eliminate any unpleasant odors.
  • Wash bedding, pillow covers, throws and pet beds
  • Consider using air fresheners or diffusers to create a pleasant atmosphere.

5. Enhance Curb Appeal:

  • Trim bushes, mow the lawn, and plant flowers for an inviting exterior.
  • Consider repainting the front door for a fresh look.
  • Remove broken/empty flower pots, garden tools, children toys

6. Professional Home Inspection:

  • Consider getting a pre-listing home inspection to identify potential issues.
  • Address any problems found during the inspection.

7. Repairs and Maintenance:

  • Identify and address any necessary repairs.
  • Fix leaky faucets, squeaky doors, and other minor issues.
  • Have all lights with the same temperature of light- this helps for great photos
  • All light switches attached to plugs have working lights

8. Upgrade or Renovate:

  • Evaluate if any upgrades or renovations can add value to your home.
  • Focus on improvements that are likely to attract potential buyers.

9. Organize Important Documents:

  • Gather and organize all relevant documents, including the property deed, survey, and any warranties.

10. Consider Staging:

  • Stage your home to showcase its potential.
  • Arrange furniture to highlight the functionality and flow of each room.
  • Be prepared, staging may require to store your own furniture

11. Assess Your Home’s Energy Efficiency:

  • Consider making energy-efficient upgrades, such as installing LED lighting or improving insulation.
  • Have air conditioners, heat pumps, boilers and/or furnaces serviced
  • Change filters in kitchen, bathroom fans