Getting Ready to List?

When you’re ready to put your home on the market, there are a few very important but easy things you can do to prepare. They won't cost you a fortune but they will help show your home in the best light. Always walk through your house with your Realtor and come up with a plan together on what is important to tackle prior to listing.

1) Clean

A deep cleaning of the inside and outside of the home is 100% necessary. Make sure to pay close attention to the smells in the home from pets and other strong odors. Whether you decide to hire someone or do it yourself, a thorough cleaning is one of the most important things you can do.

2) Paint

Always get the advice of your Realtor to ensure you paint the home the right colors but definitely make sure that all chipped and faded paint is repaired. Painting is an inexpensive way to make a huge change in your home's appearance, including making it appear brighter and larger.

3) Declutter

Clutter makes your home look smaller, untidy and it always distracts buyers. Removing unnecessary furniture from each room will help open up the space and make the home look larger.

4) Changes to the Kitchen

Replacing the drawer handles and the cabinet pulls may be a dramatic way to make your kitchen look more modern. You can also replace old fixtures, paint the cabinets or make other minor adjustments to the kitchen to make it look better - but always consult your Realtor first.

5) Changes to the Bathroom

Change the towels and replace old fixtures but don't forget about the normal maintenance like cleaning and fixing tile grout, caulking and repair any plumbing issues to make sure your home is not a project for the next buyer.