Seller’s Checklist

There's a lot involved in selling a home. Your first step should be to contact a real estate agent who can walk you through the process and help you along the way. However, if you're not ready just yet, use this checklist so you have an idea of what's to come.

Generate a Plan To De-clutter Your Home

Throw away things of little or no value that you don't use. Host a garage sale. Give away, sell, or donate other items you no longer have a need for. Use offsite storage for anything you won't use before your home is sold. Keeping your home looking clean and de-cluttering makes potential buyers feel more welcome in your home.

Inspect Your Home And Make Repairs

It's better to make repairs in advance, as you'll be legally required to disclose certain issues to prospective buyers. A few things to pay close attention to are listed below.

  • Electrical issues
  • Plumbing problems
  • Structural defects
  • Asbestos
  • Dry rot
  • Mold
  • Infestations
  • Roof leaks

Decide Which Appliances And Fixtures You Keep

Buyers expect to receive appliances fixture. If you plan to take certain things, it's important to let buyers know what is included in the sale of your home:

  • Washer and Dryer
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave Oven
  • Light fixtures
  • Custom window coverings
  • Built-in furniture
  • Cabinet hardware and knobs
  • Landscape features like statues or birdbaths

Clean The Home So It Feels Inviting

Keeping your home clean at all times. Pay attention to:

  • Appliances
  • Windows (window treatments, glass, ledges)
  • The entryway
  • Carpets/ flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Trash bins
  • Dust furniture
  • Closets
  • Shower curtains
  • Polished woodwork

Perform Interior Repairs And Maintenance

Keep everything tidy and in proper working order such as:

  • Oiling door hinges
  • Contacting pest control
  • Painting
  • Fixing any drips or clogs
  • Repairing/replacing carpets and flooring

Stage The Home

Buyers tend to buy emotionally. Motivate potential buyers by:

  • Focus on creating inviting spaces
  • Remove counter-top appliances
  • Add flowers near the entryway
  • Bake cookies or bread
  • De-clutter the refrigerator
  • Replace all soaps and towels
  • Replace or clean floor mats
  • Keep your home at a comfortable temperature

Get A Market Valuation

Your REALTOR® can perform a comparative market analysis to help you determine what a fair market value is. Pricing is important to be sure you avoid the pitfalls of over- or under-pricing your home by working with a professional real estate agent.

Your agent can give you more tips specific to your home and neighborhood, and walk you through what prospective buyers are looking for. They will also handle the "heavy lifting" in regard to marketing, negotiating, and closing the sale of your home so give them a clean plate to work with.