So you’ve decided that you want to sell your home, and you think you’re ready to list. Before you take that big step, there are a few things you should consider before making your home open to the public. To prevent yourself from having a home that sits instead of sells, you need to make sure that your home is actually market ready.
Here are four simple things that everyone should do before listing their home:
1. Get a real estate agent. Selling a home on your own seems like a tempting way to save money, but as I’ve written about before, it can cost you in the long run. Do your research, and find a good real estate agent with a track record of success.
2. Declutter. While most people tend to wait until their actual move to declutter, doing it before you list can give your house added appeal to buyers. It’s easier for buyers to imagine living in the space when your personal belongings aren’t crammed into every nook and cranny. Bite the bullet and either get rid of everything you haven’t used in the past year or put it in storage.
3. Add to your curb appeal. You don’t have to hire a professional landscaper to redo the yard, but you should make sure that your entryway is appealing. Weed, rake, and do any other yard work that will make your home look inviting. (Paying attention to landscaping can also mean more money for you.)
4. Fix the little things. Replacing burned out light bulbs, tightening loose screws, cleaning windows, and other small things can add value to your home. You want buyers to feel like they wouldn’t have to do much work after they moved in. It doesn’t take much to give a home that “too worn in” look, so make an effort to show your home in its best state.