Advice

Is Your Home Ready to List?

1d5g031r0lth8_LivingRoom_PRINT-webListing a home before it’s actually ready to sell is a good way to ensure that it stays on the market and brings in a low offer. With a little elbow grease and this checklist, you can make sure that your home is in the perfect condition for prospective buyers.

Exterior

  •  Repair or replace damaged doors, windows, screens, shutters, gutters and siding.
  •  Clean up any pet waste in the yard.
  •  Make sure that doorbell is working correctly.
  •  Make sure that all exterior lights are working.
  •  Mow and water the lawn.
  •  Pull weeds and dead plants from any flower beds or landscaped areas.
  •  Replace broken sidewalks and/or stepping stones.
  •  Remove any trash from around the property.

Kitchen

  •  Make sure that all electrical outlets and appliances are working correctly.
  •  Deep clean and deodorize appliances.
  •  Replace any dead light bulbs.
  •  Repair leaking faucets and pipes under the sink.
  •  Make sure all cabinets and drawers close completely.

Living Room/Great Room

  •  Vacuum and have carpets professionally cleaned (especially if you have pets or are a smoker).
  •  Throw away or store any clutter or junk.
  •  Wash walls, baseboards, and light switch plates.
  •  Repair any scratches in wood floors, and try to remove any carpet stains.

Bathrooms

  •  Deep clean shower, toilet, sink, and floor.
  •  Remove mildew and mold stains.
  •  Repair leaky faucets and pipes.
  •  Repair broken or noisy exhaust fans.
  •  Replace cracked caulk around the tub and shower.
  •  Repair broken or leaky toilets.
  •  Check water pressure in shower and sink.
  •  Replace shower curtains and liners.
  •  Make sure that all drawers close completely.

Bedrooms

  •  Vacuum and have carpets professionally cleaned (especially if you have pets or are a smoker).
  •  Throw away or store any clutter or junk.
  •  Wash walls, baseboards, and light switch plates.
  •  Repair any scratches in wood floors, and try to remove any carpet stains.

Miscellaneous

  •  Collect documentation for appliances, maintenance, and repairs done to the home.
  •  Remove and store appliances, furnishings, and lighting fixtures you don’t want to include with the sale of your home.
  •  Make sure that any ceiling cracks or watermarks have been covered and that the problems that caused them have been fixed.
  •  Repaint deck and fence if the paint is peeling.
  •  Paint walls a neutral color in all rooms.
  •  Replace welcome mat.
  •  Repair windows that are sticky or broken.
  •  Change furnace and water filters.

Here’s a handy downloadable checklist to print out and take with you as you prepare your home: Is Your Home Ready to List

If you live in Central Ohio and you’re ready to list your home, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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One thought on “Is Your Home Ready to List?

  1. Tammy is an AMAZING relator! I couldn’t have asked for better! She is dedicated to helping you…listens to your needs and goes up and beyond to find the right home! As well, she is honest and is not just trying to get a quick sell…she gives her honest opinion and will keep looking for you so, you get the home for YOU! As well, she has amazing contacts for lenders and home inspections! Previously I tried to buy a house with a different realtor and the experience was terrible, I almost gave up on buying my first home! But Tammy came highly recommended and I am beyond happy to have found her! I literally would recommend her to anyone!

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