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How Do You Get Your House Ready to Sell? – Seller Checklist

How Do You Get Your House Ready to Sell? – Seller Checklist

Looking for a checklist to help you get your house ready to sell? There are several steps to get your house ready, but you don’t have to do all of them– focus on what your house needs and what fits within your budget and timeline. 

In this post, Scott Coldwell and our real estate team at Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Coldwell Real Estate Services will share a full checklist for everything you need to do to get your house ready to sell, including a room-by-room breakdown.

Key Takeaways:

  • Remove unnecessary furniture to make rooms less cluttered and more spacious. It’s especially important to remove knick-knacks, bold decor, and personal items like family photos.
  • Focus on improving your home’s curb appeal by mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes, adding plants and flowers, installing pathway lighting, and upgrading hardware.
  • Highlight your home’s natural lighting, and add additional lamps or brighter bulbs if needed.
  • Consider adding new mirrors, cabinets, lighting fixtures, and sinks to make the bathroom more modern.
  • Keep your home tidy the entire time it’s listed on the market. Right before showings or open houses, make sure to clean your home and do last-minute touch-ups.

How Do I Get My House Ready to Sell? – Ultimate Seller Checklist

General Preparation

  • Declutter Excess Items: Remove unnecessary furniture to make rooms less cluttered and more spacious. It’s especially important to remove knick-knacks, bold decor, and personal items like family photos.
  • Hire a Professional Cleaning Service: Hire professionals to deep clean and sanitize carpets, floors, walls, windows, and surfaces.
  • Take Care of Key Repairs: Hire general contractors to fix issues like leaky faucets, broken tiles, or damaged walls.
  • Make Everything Neutral: Repaint walls with neutral colors and add neutral-colored furniture and decor items to appeal to a wider range of buyers.
  • Improve Curb Appeal: Focus on improving your home’s curb appeal by mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes, adding plants and flowers, installing pathway lighting, and upgrading hardware.
  • Get a Pre-Inspection: Get a pre-inspection to make sure there aren’t any hidden issues with the home. If the buyer uncovers any problems with the home during their own inspection, they can use it to negotiate a lower price.
  • Maximize Lighting: Highlight your home’s natural lighting, and add additional lamps or brighter bulbs if needed.
  • Hire a Professional Home Stager: Hire a professional to stage key rooms in your home. Professionally staged homes are known to sell faster and for top dollar.

Kitchen Preparations

  • Organize Cabinets: Declutter cabinets, drawers, and any visible areas that buyers might look at.
  • Clean or Replace Appliances: Ensure all appliances are spotless inside and out. Consider adding new, energy-efficient appliances if your current ones are outdated.
  • Make Minor Upgrades: If you don’t have much of a budget to work with, focus on cost-effective upgrades like new faucets, light fixtures, or upgraded hardware.

Living Area Preparations

  • Open Up the Space: Emphasize spaciousness by rearranging and removing furniture.
  • Add Shelving: Adding additional shelving, cabinets, or discreet storage are attractive features to many buyers.
  • Emphasize Versatility: Show off the different ways your living areas can be used. For example, an office, gym, or study area.
  • Neutral Paint Color: As one of the main focal points of a home, the living area needs to be neutral enough that it appeals to the largest number of buyers.

Bedroom Preparations

  • Clean Closets: Make sure closets are empty. This makes it easier for buyers to visualize using the space for themselves.
  • Focus on Lighting: Add lighting fixtures or emphasize the availability of natural lighting.
  • Update Flooring: Clean the current flooring or upgrade to something more modern.
  • Add Neutral Bedding: Make sure the bed is neatly made, and the bedspread and bedroom decor are neutral colored.

Bathroom Preparations

  • Scrub Grout: Ensure tiles are clean by removing grout.
  • Add New Tiles: Consider adding new tiles to make the bathroom more clean or modern.
  • Refinish Bathtub: Refinish the bathtub to make it cleaner and more appealing to buyers.
  • Update Fixtures: Consider adding new mirrors, cabinets, lighting fixtures, and sinks to make the bathroom more modern.
  • Add Walk-In Shower: Walk-in showers are more appealing to buyers. Consider adding one if your bathroom doesn’t have one already.

Marketing Preparation

  • Hire a Real Estate Photographer: As you get ready to create your listing and start marketing, it’s essential to hire a professional realtor to capture high-quality photos and videos.
  • Create a Virtual Tour: Create a virtual or video tour so buyers who live far away can still view your home.
  • Gather Key Documents: The selling process will go much smoother if you gather the necessary paperwork beforehand. This includes relevant documents like property records and warranties.
  • Maintain Cleanliness: Keep your home tidy the entire time it’s listed on the market. Right before showings or open houses, make sure to clean your home and do last-minute touch-ups.

Prepare Your Home For Sale with the Best Realtor in Ocala

How Do You Get Your House Ready to Sell? - Seller Checklist
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By following this checklist, you’ll be prepared to showcase your home effectively. However, if you want to maximize your chances for success, you’ll need an experienced realtor on your side. 

If you’re looking for the best realtor in Ocala, look no further than Scott Coldwell and our team at Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Coldwell Real Estate Services. Our track record of success is proven through our data– on average, we sell homes 48% faster and for 2.4% more money than our competitors. 

Plus, with our seller guarantees such as our Guaranteed Sale Program, you can ensure a risk-free home-selling experience. Contact us today at 352-290-3512, send a message to [javascript protected email address], or use the form on this page to learn more about working with our team.

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