An excellent question for any seller to ask a Realtor is, “what should I do to get my house ready for the market?” There is a lot of work to be done before you list your home.
Everything must be done behind the scenes before allowing buyers to look at your home and start asking questions.
That way, when you finally open the doors, you are prepared to make a sale then and there and don’t need to do a bunch of stuff that you overlooked.
Your agent is the best-qualified person to help you identify what needs to be done before you sell. Keep in mind that every home is different, so the advice you get for your home might be different than the information another seller would get.
That being said, there are some things that almost every seller needs to do. These include:
Clean things up. No one wants to buy a dirty house. Or, in reality, only bargain seekers are going to be highly interested in a cluttered, messy home because they assume they can get a great deal from an as-is seller. If you want reasonable offers, you need to remove clutter and clean it thoroughly.
Declutter and rent storage if necessary. When selling a home, first impressions and appearance can make or break how much you’ll put in your pocket. It’s wise to declutter your home as much as possible. A few great ways to do that are having a donation pick-up or renting a storage pod or storage unit.
Make needed repairs. Broken door handles, missing tiles, stained carpets there are probably several little jobs that need to be done around your house before you list it. The more of these small, cheap fixes you make, the more desirable your home will be. Proper home maintenance shows you care for your property. There may also be big jobs that need to be done. Wait to talk to your agent before you invest in any major repairs to be sure that doing so will benefit your sale as you expect. Doing your part before the home is listed for sale is also a side benefit for being ready for the house inspection.
Take great pictures. The photos on your listing are the first thing that most buyers are going to see. You want them to be good, and it takes talent and practice to produce those kinds of pictures. Your agent should either be skilled at taking real estate pictures or know someone who is. That way, your listing looks as good as possible and shows the best side of your home. See some great tips for shooting your real estate photos.