Sellers Guide: Your to-do checklist for a quick and strong sale

Presented by: Aaron J Graves - granvilleohiorealestate.com

Sellers Guide

Getting your house ready to put on the market can seem like an overwhelming task. Simplify the job by tackling one room at a time, with this detailed to-do checklist.

If you are short on time, it's especially important to remember to prioritize this list. Cleaning, packing up and de-cluttering should be the top priority. You want to make your home look the best it can be - to get the most out of your sale while occuring in the least amount of time. Consulting Aaron J Graves once you have decided to sell - will expedite your process and ensure the best results for you and your family.

WHOLE HOUSE: Evaluate Every Room

Interested home buyers are going to be critical of your home. More than you can imagine.. Most people don't dust their house top to bottom weekly, but they will notice if yours isn't. When your home is actively listed for sale, your job is to keep it in show condition until you are succesfully "in contract" to sell.

Consider opening up floor space - by removing excess furniture, de-personalizing, and de-cluttering to help invite prospective home buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. They will feel welcomed and relaxed - hopefully imagining where they might put their own furnishings. Think about your home as no longer yours, think of it as a "show home" once your home is on the market. Try to think about how others would like to see it presented.

CLEAN/REPLACE AS NEEDED:

  • Carpets

  • Windows, sills and ensure window functionality

  • Interior/Exterior paint

  • Blinds/Drapes

  • All Doors and kick plates

  • Fireplaces

  • Light Switch Covers

  • Anything that is broken or stained

DUST, DUST, DUST:

  • Walls

  • Pictures

  • Blinds

  • Ceiling Fans

  • HVAC Vents

  • Televisons

  • Light Fixtures

MAKE IT INVITING:

  • Remove any furniture that you could live without

  • Rearrange your furniture to best show the size and strengths of each room

  • Remove all but a few decorations, books and pictures

  • Organize kids areas. Find a home for everything..

  • Add lighting to ensure your home is bright

  • Decorate your home with flowers while for sale

  • Always, Always, Always leave your home for the day in its best look - Showings can happen in a flash

LIVING ROOMS & FAMILY ROOMS:

  • Keep furniture to a minimum

  • Hide the toys as best as possible - any rooms dedicated for chidrens play, organize and minimize

  • Arrange pillows and blankets - making the room feel comfertable

  • Store remote controls and hide electronic cables, boxes

DINING ROOMS:

  • Keep dining room table cleaned

  • Limit the number of chairs at the table - free from being squeezed together

  • Ensure and chandelier is elevated - preventing from blocking line of sight

KITCHEN:

  • Remove all items for countertops - even everyday items

  • Clean, clean, clean. Basic rule of thumb - if you can see it scrub it

  • Ensure stove, oven, microwave and refrigerator are free from stains

  • Clear the refridgerator of magnets and notes

  • Organize pantry - as well, remove items that are not needed for daily use

  • Minimze dishes and coking supplies as best as possible - make cabinets look spacious

  • Repair any loose cabinets, hinges and drawer pulls

  • Polish the sink - hide all daily cleaning sponges/towels

BEDROOMS:

  • Make all beds daily

  • Ensure laundry is put away

  • Minimize clothes in closets - make closets look spacious

  • Keep closets and drawers closed

  • De-personalize each bedroom

  • Clear off bedside tables

  • Repair any damages

LAUNDRY:

  • Keep floors cleared of clutter and clean regularly

  • Remove all clothing daily - clean or dirty

  • Keep all surfaces clean and clear

  • Ensure lighting is bright

  • Hide all cleaning supplies

BATHROOMS:

  • Clean and clear all surfaces

  • Keep only clean unused towels hanging

  • Coordinate all linens appropriately - fold each in coordination

  • Remove unnecessary items from shower and tubs

  • Srub away any moldy stains

  • Replace caulking - bleach grout when appropriate

  • Replace all shower curtains

  • Organize and minimize vanity drawers and linen closets

  • Keep toliet lids closed when leaving for the day

  • Hide garbage cans and cleaning supplies

EXTERIOR:

  • Repace any rotten wood on the exterior

  • Repaint exterior trim if needed

  • Paint front door if needed

  • Pressure wash any dirty or stained areas - including walkways and driveways

  • Re-stain decking if needed

  • Wash all windows including the sills

  • Use outdoor furniture to show depth and other use of space

  • Sweep all walkways, porches, patios and decks daily

  • Walk around your house and view it objectively from angles a buyer may view it from

GARAGE:

  • Clean and sweep out the garage

  • Keep storage neat and orgaized

  • Repaint if necessary

  • Remove seasonal items not needed

  • Rent a temporary storage unit if needed - to empathize the potential space avilable to a buyer

YARD:

  • Prune back bushes and plants to symmetrical size and shapes

  • Ensure plants are not touching the house or blocking any windows

  • Weed all mulch beds

  • Edge each mulch bed to create a clean and crisp look

  • Add fresh mulch after all trimmings have occured

  • Fertilize the yard well before listing and pictures

  • Mow the lawn frequently

  • Add seasonal flowers in landscaping to add color

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It might start to seem like it will take an eternity to accomplish these items listed above, but getting your home ready before listing it is imperative. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Don't make the costly mistake of listing your home for sale before you have had time to finish all the details that are needed to allow for a quick and strong sale.  

Just remember - the goal is to show prospective home buyers that your home is "the" home. Your home will stand out above the rest because you have gone above what the average home seller would do. All your hard work will pay off when the offers start coming in and you sit down at the closing table. 

For more personalized insights on how to prepare your home to sell, contact Aaron J Graves today!