5 Important Things To Do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

5 Important Things To Do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

  1. Have a home inspection: You'll learn of any trouble spots and can choose which repairs to make before buyers start investigating. Buyers gain confidence by knowing the condition of a home ahead of time.
  2. Organize and clean: You'll be packing up belongings for your move, so start thinning them out now, and boxing up out-of-season clothes and other items you don't need to use in the upcoming months. Clean the house 'til it shines! Pay special attention to kitchen and bathrooms. Ask an outsider's opinion if there are any odors (pets? cooking? other?) that need addressing.

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  3. Get replacement cost estimates: Are there big-ticket items that will need replacement or repair soon, like a furnace or roof? Get estimates on how much it might cost to replace them; the figures will provide useful knowledge to your buyers.
  4. Find your warranties: Collect the warranties and user manuals for appliances and other tiems that will remain with the house. Touch up paint, clearly marked by room, is appreciated by buyers, too.
  5. Spruce up the curb appeal: Pretend you're a buyer and stand outside your house, perhaps across the street. What is your impression? Is the garden appealing, neatly maintained with shrubs pruned and flowers adding cheer? Is a house number visible? What about the door and hardware? Any cobwebs lurking about?

Garden and house

Remember, you want the first impression of your house to be one that welcomes people, and entices them to come inside to enjoy more.

If you'd like additional tips, or ideas for your specific situation, let me know.

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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Compass

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Comment balloon 16 commentsLottie Kendall • January 05 2010 01:29PM

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Wonderful advice for sellers to follow!  Sellers need to understand that an agents job is to market the property and advise them.  Agents are not magicians, we need the cooperation of the seller to get the property sold quickly and for the most money possible.

Posted by David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier (Keller Williams Premier) over 10 years ago

Glad you like the tips, David. It's important to let sellers know what and WHY they want to attend to these things.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

These are good tips . Have a great 2010 and happy New Year.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 10 years ago

Glad you like them, Gita. Wishing you a fabulous 2010.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Great tips, Lottie.  I like the one about getting the replacement costs.  It can certainly help with pricing the property.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks, Jane. Our practice in this area is to get inspections done and replacement cots given before putting a property on the market. Up front knowledge helps in pricing, and also is reassuring to potential buyers. Here's to 2010!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Lottie I think sellers should always get a pre-inspection before they put their house on the market. Great tips Lottie. Thank you for making a comment on my blog. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 10 years ago

Lottie - great points! Getting replacement costs is wise if they aren't going to take care of it themselves. Another thing sellers should remember is to remove their personal imprint from the house so that buyers can picture themselves living there.

Posted by Kelly Townsend, CDPE, Realtor (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Hi Lanre, luckily getting inspections prior to putting the home on the market is fairly standard practice here, so most sellers readily agree with the wisdom of doing so. Glad you enjoyed the tips; I'll continue to enjoy your posts, also.

Kelly, you're 100% right; making a home a more neutral "house" has to be done; that's often quite painful and difficult for clients, especially Seniors. But, I find once they get started, they find it liberating. Glad you enjoyed the post.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Hi Lottie ~ Got here via Lanre.  These are super tips.  Every seller needs to put their best foot forward nowadays.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 10 years ago

Hi Liz - glad Lanre sent you this way. Cheers!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Lottie--good tips for sellers and their agents, too. (Thanks, Lanre, for sending me here.)  Good pictures.  Love the outside picture.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Mary--glad you enjoyed the tips. I like the outdoor picture, too. Those cleaning women make cleaning look like too much fun.

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Lottie--send them to my house.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lottie, great tips for sellers!  (Thanks Mary for sending me here.)  I don't share their excitment for cleaning. 

Posted by Cory Fitzsimmmons, Realtor - Denver, CO ReThink real estate group (ReThink Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Mary and Cory -- I thought the "cleaning ladies" picture was great -- I am hoping their enthusiasm would rub off on me, but no such luck.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

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