Home Seller Checklist

Home Seller Checklist

Thinking of selling your home this year? Maybe you are ready to upsize or downsize, move to a new neighborhood, or take advantage of a sellers’ market. In any case, there are some smart moves you can make before you list to ease the process of selling your home.

  • Bring in a handyman. Have repairs made to leaky faucets, torn screens, broken door or window locks and handles, faulty electrical outlets, drywall damage, missing grout or caulking, broken sprinkler heads, rotten wood and anything else that would give a buyer reason to wonder, “What else is wrong with this house?”
  • Clean out storage spaces. Closet by closet, cabinet by cabinet, and drawer by drawer, get rid of items you no longer use. Your goal should be to show that the home has plenty of storage space, not spaces bursting with clutter.
  • Put away excess décor. Go for a minimalist look so that buyers can see the bones of the house and not have to move or look around decorative items to see the home.
  • Ditto on the Family Photographs. Humans are naturally drawn to people’s faces. If your home has family photos on every wall and shelf, buyers will be distracted by all the pretty faces.
  • Have the exterior pressure-cleaned. Make sure to include the roof, patios, porches,  driveway and walkways.
  • Spruce up the landscaping. First impressions are everything. You want buyers to want to come inside and not drive on by. Increase your curb appeal by trimming shrubbery and trees, putting down fresh mulch and planting some annuals.
  • Perform a deep cleaning. Consider hiring professional cleaners to tackle everything from the ceiling fans to the baseboards, including cleaning inside and behind kitchen appliances, the dryer vent, and inside cabinets and drawers.
  • Put on a fresh coat of paint. At least touch up scuff marks, but if your home is painted in bold or dark colors, consider repainting to neutral shades.
  • Check for smells. We become immune to smells we are around every day. Consider having someone come in to check for odors from pets, mildew, mold or smoke.
  • Have a WDO inspection performed. This is usually a part of the buyer’s inspection process, but if you can identify any past or present termite activity and have it corrected ahead of time, you can breathe easier come inspection time.
  • Ditto for mold testing. If you have any reason to believe there may be mold or water damage lurking behind walls, under flooring or in the attic, go ahead and address it now.
  • Consider staging. If you have a rooms that are sparsely furnished or were used for a purpose other than what they were built for, consider refurnishing or staging to show how furniture lays out in the room.
  • Contact one of our agents! For more information on selling your home, please request our Home Seller’s Guide and check out our page dedicated to selling. I would love the opportunity to talk with you about your plans.

10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Household

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is in the air and so is pollen and dust. While we are all practicing responsible social distancing and staying home, why not take the time to do a deep cleaning?

Here are some ideas and tips from professional cleaners and organizers to help you get the job done.

  1. Designate an area to collect items to be donated. A closet, a corner of the garage, or a spare room. This way you can collect everything in one place until you are able to take it to a donation center.
  2. Pick a method for decluttering: Follow the Marie Kondo’s advice and clean out the entire house by category, in this order: clothing, books, papers, miscellaneous items, then sentimental items. Another approach is to tackle the task by area, one cabinet, closet, or room at a time.
  3. When cleaning, start from the top with ceiling fans, crown molding, door and window frames, and cabinet tops, and work your way down, finishing with the floors.
  4. Remember to clean these easily over-looked spots: the top of, underneath, and inside of the fridge, inside the microwave and oven, behind the washer and dryer, the dryer vent outlet, air vents, windows and screens, window blinds, computer keyboards and gaming controls, toys, the shower curtain and drain, the garbage disposal and splash guard, patio furniture, the grill, outdoor trash and recycling containers, and outdoor door mats.
  5. Set up an annual or semiannual appointment for carpet, rug and upholstery professional cleaning.
  6. Keep an ongoing list of needed repairs to tackle yourself or have a handyman come in periodically to check things off the list.
  7. Spruce up landscaping with fresh mulch and plants. Have tree limbs trimmed away from your roof.
  8. Have your home’s exterior pressure cleaned, including the roof, driveway and patios.
  9. Launder your bedspreads, blankets and mattress pads. Don’t forget about your pet’s beds also.
  10. Don’t waste money on a lot of cleaning products. Baking soda and vinegar can accomplish a lot for much less than brand cleaning products cost. Click here for some homemade cleaning solution from Good Housekeeping.
  11. Spring cleaning is a good time to do a safety check on your home and hold a family fire or emergency drill. Check the pressure on fire extinguishers, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, make sure doors and windows lock and open properly, and check for unsafe wiring, improperly stored flammable materials, and child safety hazards.

6 Things to Know About Selling Your Home Alone

If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you may be considering selling “By Owner.” The idea of saving the money you might spend on brokers’ commissions is attractive. After all, who wouldn’t want to have a few thousand more dollars to spend on their new home? However, selling your home […]

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Questions You Should Ask When Buying New Construction

There’s nothing like moving into a home that is truly new, with no smells, smudges or dust left behind by a previous owner. Even better is when you get to make your own custom selections. But buying from a builder is a different ball game and it’s important you know how to play. Consider these […]

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Signs of Damage in a House

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It’s so easy to get distracted by the cute barn doors, the recessed lighting, and the ship-lap walls – that we miss the water damage on the roof! Luckily, the inspection period is written in the contract to give buyers a chance to hire an inspector to assess the property. However, it’s important to know the signs that something may be wrong before getting too invested in a home. Here are some signs that there may be big problems with a house.

Signs of roof damage:

  • Cupped, curled or warped shingles
  • Lots of shingle granules in the gutters
  • Cracked or broken tiles
  • Missing sections
  • Mismatched roof sections
  • Ceiling stains
  • Sagging roof deck

Signs of foundation damage:

  • Visible cracks in exterior or interior
  • Door jams/doors not shutting
  • Gaps on top of doors when closed
  • Windows not square
  • Wall corners not square
  • Cracks in driveway or sidewalks
  • Drainage not pointing away from the house
  • Large trees with roots close to foundation

Signs of water/mold damage:

  • Water stains on ceilings and walls
  • Cracks around windows
  • Bowed roof
  • Visible mold
  • Musty smell
  • Missing caulking or tile in baths
  • No bathroom vents
  • Wood rot around doors and trim
  • Peeling paint

Signs of electrical damage:

  • Exposed wires
  • Warm outlets
  • Damaged or rusted electric panel

Signs of plumbing damage:

  • Water stains in sinks, toilets, bath
  • Low water pressure
  • Screeching when turning on/off
  • Slow drains
  • Bad odors from sinks

A good real estate agent will be able to help you catch these things. Ready to start looking for homes? Contact one of our awesome agents today and get started!