Preparing to sell can be very overwhelming, especially if you know you have projects such as a remodel or repairs that are needed. The following are tips that may help you prepare and move through the process and avoid stress.
- Write a list of what you need to do:
- Mini makeover in a bathroom-countertop/ sinks/ faucets
- Replacing a patio door whose seal has lost integrity
- Replacing broken fence boards and sanding decks
- Fresh topsoil
- Earthquake straps for water heater and drip tray
- Carbon monoxide detectors (check to see requirements for you style of home)
- Painting and organizing and de-cluttering .
Small projects you want to start as soon as possible- pay attention to the small details:
Tip- start with one smaller room, or the space that is used less often.
- Donate items you haven’t used in 12 months
- Throw away items that are broken and damaged
- Shred and dispose of paperwork that is no longer needed
- Consider a temporarily storage facility – This will show how much space your home has.
- Dust Blinds
- Wash curtains
- Wash windows
- Make sure all lightbulbs work
- Dust baseboards and trim
- Clean appliances
- Carpets cleaned
- Straighten contents in closets
- Air out rooms-open the windows, or use a home scent such as vanilla ( you don't want something overwhelming)
2. Decide when you would want to put it on the market- this is your ready to list date.
- Call contractors if needed to get quotes and timelines and start scheduling.
- Get costs on items needed for repairs and DIY projects.Set your timeline to get work done before your ready to list date.
3. Call your realtor to schedule a time to discuss when you want to list your home.
- 1-3 months before you sell is best so there is plenty of time to get ready. You will be well informed and avoid undue stress.
If you find that you need help or suggestions of who to call for help, contact your real estate agent. Typically, they have a list of resources for you to use plus great tips and ideas that will help you along the way.
As you get closer to your ready to go date you will want to consider staging your home to show.You may want to bring in a professional home stager or get tips from you agent.
Remember, you are not alone in this. Your real estate agent is there for you to help you along the way to preparing your house to sell.
Have a great day,