10 Essential Things To Do Before Putting Your Home On The Market

What is a Short Sale

Find a Real Estate Ally  (Hint:  LAURA HAUCK & STEVE HAUCK)

  1. A great real estate ally will guide you thru the process to a successful home sale.

  2. Find an agent that is honest, trustworthy and makes you feel comfortable.  An agent that specializes in home communities that are similar to the home you are selling often may offer valuable insight to help market the home by.    No matter who your agent is: make sure to get a market analysis of recent homes sold.   Homes that are similar in size, lot size & features, similar or same developments will help you to better understand the current market value of your home.  

  3. Luxury home listings often require  a degree of discretion which is gained thru an experienced agent and a real estate ally which will keep your personal information confidential.   If your privacy is important, it is not uncommon to require proof of funds before showings.  This often  is requested with home listings over $1M.   A creative way to be honest & fair to both buyers and sellers is to have an attorney, CPA, or a private bankers’ letter be provided for financial ability to purchase.  

  4. Ultimately, the most critical point is to establish a long-term relationship with a Realtor/Agent who will act on your behalf in an ethical & professional manner, under all circumstances.  A Listing agent represents the Seller, while a Buyers’ Agent represents a Buyer.    Both sides have an obligation to assist in an honest & ethical manner to all parties involved in a transaction.

  5. Once you decided on an agent to market your home, picked your listing sales price, it’s time to let the fun really begin:  cleaning , de-cluttering & preparing the home for the market: pictures & virtual tours! 

10 Essential Things To Do Before Putting Your Home On The Market

1. Declutter- remove personal items, paperwork, toys, boxes, nick-knacks, photos & frames. Remove all non-essential items from the kitchen area, dining room table, dressers & baths. Blenders, spices, cutting boards, etc should all be placed in a closed cabinet. Collect all non-essential items and store off site or stack neatly in boxes in the garage or area of out of the line of site from the home entry.

2. For the bathrooms: think “spa” environment. Place a candle near the bathtub with a neatly rolled towel nearby. Make sure all guest towels are neatly hanging & avoid using so they are always in “show” condition.

3. Clean carpets, flooring, windows, baseboards, light bulbs/chandeliers & mirrors.

4. Make sure appliances are spotless. Inspect the refrigerator, stove, microwave, washer & dryer and make sure they are sparkling clean.

5. Find a secure place to put pets during the time the home will be shown. Many people are allergic or afraid of pets.

6. Spruce up the curb appeal – make sure the lawn, bushes, flowers are green & manicured. Replace dead patches in the dirt and remove any unsightly shrubs. Clear walkways & repair cracks or tiles.

7. Clean out the garage and inspect the garage doors for wear & repair. Clean, sweep or re-paint where needed.

8. Make sure the house does not have any negative odors. A fresh clean scent is desirable. Don’t use heavy fragrances to kill odors.

9. Get estimates on all repairs. Decide which ones you want to take care of and have quotes available for buyer inquiries for any you decide not to repair. You may want to get a home inspection to be proactive especially if you want your home to be in top condition.

10. Find home warranties & manuals and gather neatly together in a folder or box