Prepare Your House for Listing [Checklist]
Posted on July 11th , 2019 at 11:00 AM
When you’re listing your property for sale, there are a number of things to consider. To save you time, money, and possible conflicts with your buyers, we’ve created a checklist for every buyer to complete prior to selling the house! Grab your pens.
Things to think about
- • How old is the property?
- • Do you have electricity issues (flickering lights, blowing fuses)?
- • What condition are your pipes in?
- • Do you have problems with water distribution?
- • Do you have humidity, mold, or mildew problems?
Is the house fit to be sold
- • Do the rooms in the house feel spacious?
- • Is the house clean?
- • Are all things that don’t need to be showcased packed up?
- • Are any rooms used for storage (other than the basement/storage room)?
- • Is the finishing in good condition
- • Do the bathrooms look used?
- • Is the kitchen in good condition?
Have you depersonalized the space?
- • Have you put all family photos away?
- • Did you pack your collections (books, music, videos…)
- • Did you remove any items that could be regarded as offensive (religious symbols, political affiliation…)?
- • Do you have a pet? Remove any signs of their presence (at least during showings)
- • Are you using strong spices that leave a lingering, uninviting scent?
Does the house look ready?
- • Does the house look presentable both inside and out?
- • Are unnecessary things removed?
- • Does the entrance look inviting?
- • Is the garden maintained?
Is the house ready for direct move-in?
- • Are all walls re-painted in white and cleaned up?
- • Are the doors in need of paint?
- • Are there any visible holes and cracks from previous hung-up paintings?
- • Are any mirrors damaged?
- • Are the showers and tubs renovated?
- • Does the kitchen look clean?
Position yourself as a potential buyer, and consider these things:
- • How do the rooms look like with your furniture placement?
- • Do the rooms feel inviting?
- • What is the focus point in the room? Is it apparent?
- • Is any damage visible?
After fulfilling the checklist thoroughly and properly, if you find that there are still a number of repairs and updates to be done, set your budget and work accordingly. Organization is key.
- • What are the main repairs needed ?
- • What is your time and budget limit ?
- • What updates can you make a pass on due to certain limitations ?
- • What can you offer potential buyers as an alternative