5 Steps “To Do” Before Putting Your House on the Market
Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you'll be able to make repairs before open houses.
Pare down the clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly in the garage or basement. Clean the windows (make them sparkle), carpets, walls, fixtures and baseboards.
Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out or will need to be replaced soon like the roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them even if you don't plan to do it yourself. This will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and will come in handy when negotiations begin.
Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and other manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher and any other items that will remain in with the house. This will allow the buyer to assess the value of your appliances, furnace, etc. which will remain after the sale.
Pretend you're the buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Does the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments?
5-Step Program To Sell (After the Above-5 Steps Are Done)
Set a price within the lower end of your property's realistic and more reasonable price range.
Get your house ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it.
It's often disruptive to have a house ready to show at the spur of the moment. The more amenable you can be about showing your home, the sooner you'll find a buyer.
Decide in advance what price and terms you'll find acceptable.
If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an officer, you should be prepared to al least consider lowering the asking price.