3 Things to Do Before Listing your Home

Before listing your home, it’s always crucial to make any necessary arrangements and changes for it to sell quickly. You want to make it appealing. Many homes sit on the housing market, but you can set yours apart by doing several key things. These will boost your home’s desirability and make it more marketable to potential buyers.

Here is what we recommend you to do:

 

1.  Prepare to Make a Great First Impression

First impressions mean essentially everything. And it all starts with curb appeal. So, first off, make sure your lawn and the outside of your home is well maintained. Any overgrown shrubs or trees should be trimmed back and the lawn should be mowed. If the outside of your home needs a fresh coat of paint, paint it. If a shutter needs to be replaced, replace it. These little details matter. There are things you can’t control, such as the condition of houses within your neighborhood. And a location, such as Chicago has higher crime in its various districts. You can’t control everything, but you can control how you present your house.

 

Within your home, you need to make sure your home is clean and well staged. Get rid of any clutter and only display things that accentuate the great features of each room. Go room by room and look for things that need attending to, for example, grout that needs to be removed from bathroom tile.

 

2.  Get Rid of Clutter

Since you’ll be packing up your things anyways, this is the prime time to condense what you have and only keep what you need while your home is being shown. Potential buyers are coming to see the house—not your household items. To do this, you should take down family pictures, paintings done by your kids and other personal effects that don’t add to the effectiveness of selling your home. Don’t think of it as making your home impersonal, it’s about making the house seem appealing to any number of people. Less is more—and it’s what sells.

 

3.  Manage Pets and Eliminate Odors

If you own a pet, especially a dog or a cat, it’s best to have them out of the house anytime it’s being shown. You can take them with you, take them to be boarded or have them stay with a trusted neighbor or friend. Last thing that potential buyers what to see or hear is a barking dog (even if it’s crated) or a litter box (even if it’s been recently scooped). Make your house look pet-free. You can always put back the litter box, dog crates, etc. once your home is done being shown. It’s a pain in the neck, but this step is necessary to do.

This goes along with keeping your pets away from the house while it’s being shown to potential buyers: you have to make sure your home is free of any unpleasant odors. This also comes hand-in-hand of making a good first impression when you walk into the house. A litter box, a trash can that hasn’t been emptied, gym wear, etc. can all be a turn off—so do something about it before it can cost you the ability to sell your property.

It’s not stressed enough that EVERY detail matters. These tips will help you in the selling processes. And hopefully with a bit of added luck, you’ll be getting offers in no time.

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