Are you considering listing a home for sale? Here is a quick checklist to help get you started. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding listing, buying, staging, or designing your home.
Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is the sellers' first chance to impress the buyers. Mow the grass, plant flowers, trim the trees, weed the garden.
Outside clean up. A sloppy exterior and yard will lead buyers to think you've not maintained the outside, so you likely have maintained the inside either.
Power wash siding, deck, driveway, and clean gutters. Stain or paint deck and wood trim as needed, remove any yard debris. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint in a contrasting color to make it stand out. Add a welcome mat and wreath to the door to make it feel inviting.
Make needed repairs. Inspect your home thoroughly and repair or replace any defects like broken windows or a leaky roof as these items discourage buyers. Replace any burnt light bulbs or missing outlet covers. Addressing these types of issues ahead of time can save time and money.
Remove clutter and clean. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Get a headstart on packing by packing up extra furniture, personal items, family photos, unnecessary decorations, and unused items. Store packed boxes neatly in the garage or rent a storage unit if needed. Don't forget the closets; messy closets give the appearance that you're home doesn't have enough storage space. Clean the house top to bottom, including baseboards, cabinet fronts, light fixtures, HVAC vents, windows, and doors. Give the walls and trim a fresh coat of neutral paint.
Set the stage. Of course, I couldn't forget to list what I believe is an essential part of any home listing, home staging. Staging a home can be done in many ways, and often for little to no money. As a seasoned interior designer and Realtor, I have stagged a wide range of homes over the years. Contact me to learn more about listing a home for sale and home staging services.