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.

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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Technology and Real Estate: The What, Why & How

              Ah technology.  You either hate it or you love it.  For real estate?  You ought to start loving it. I was reading in one of the real estate Facebook groups about an agent who was working with another agent in a deal and she was complaining about how the […]

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11 Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling

Why is Your Home Not SellingI read an article about reasons why your home would not be selling and figured it was good timing to share it with you!  Since it is a seller’s market and inventory is SO low…the answer as to why your home would not be selling could fall within one (or multiple) of the eleven listed below:

  1. You overvalued your property.
  2. Your listing is poor.
  3. You’re always present at showings.
  4. You’re too attached.
  5. You haven’t had your home professionally cleaned.
  6. You haven’t staged your home.
  7. You kept up all of your personal decor.
  8. Your home improvements are too personalized.
  9. Your home is too cluttered.
  10. Your home is in need of too many repairs.
  11. You chose the wrong real estate agent (or you don’t have one at all, I’ll add).

If you would like to read the full article click here!

If you are thinking about selling your home, contact one of our agents and check out our page dedicated to selling.

For Sale by Owner v. Using a REALTOR®

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People are getting smarter and technology is getting better.  This certainly makes way for consumers to begin wanting to do things on their own and skip the middleman (or REALTOR® in our case).  The main reason most want to try to sell their home on their own is because they do not want to pay the commission to an agent.  Here are some points as to why that should not be a deciding factor in how you decide to list your home:

  1. You usually end up paying a real estate agent anyway.  These days, it is hard to find a buyer that is not already working with a real estate agent.  Typically, in order to get the buyers in the door-you have to be willing to work with real estate agents.
  2. Don’t you want your home to get the most visibility?  Selling your home on your own only gives you the chance to put it on free sites and maybe social media if you’re on that.  At NextHome, we have the capability to list a home on hundreds of sites so the home gets the most visibility, not to mention the MLS (multiple listing service) that all agents use to put homes on the market.  It is the first place agents go to find homes directly for their clients.
  3. How do you know what price to put on your home?  Part of a real estate agent’s job is to complete an analysis and look at several different numbers and factors that go into pricing your home (not just what Zillow tells you).  If you overprice your home, you won’t have any buyers and will get stuck with your home just sitting on the market.  If you under-price your home, you are cheating yourself out of money.
  4. Real estate agents know what buyers are looking for.  Usually, if the agent is working with a home seller, they are also working with home buyers.  This gives you as a seller an advantage when it comes to staging, photos, descriptions, and so much more!
  5. The paperwork in real estate is outrageous!  Doing it on your own or even going up against a buyer’s agent on your own is not ideal.  Having an agent along the way to explain and work on your behalf is just the beginning on how smooth and easy they should make the transaction and selling process go.
  6. Most people think listing the house on their own will save them time.  Actually it is quite the opposite in most cases.  Everything is going to be done by the agent when you are working with one.  If you are on your own-that is just it-it’s only you.  Even if you hire someone such as an attorney to help you with paperwork or a photographer for your photos-it all is then on their time and you are waiting on them to complete their part before you can even begin with the next step.
  7. Selling the home quick is always the goal, right? Well, on average selling a home on your own as FSBO (for sale by owner) takes 19 days longer than if it were listed with an agent.
  8. According to NAR, if a typical FSBO home sells for $200,000, while a typical home sold by an agent sells for $265,500. That adds up to homes sold by agents getting an average of 23% more than FSBO sales. This shows the difference that a REALTOR® can make in many areas in how to sell your home (not just pricing strategies).
  9. According to NAR, over a third of people who listed FSBO ended up using a real estate agent anyway.
  10. YOU get to choose your agent.  They each are unique and offer different things as a part of what they charge as their commission.  It is just part of it!  Why do something on your own when a real estate agent has to go through so much training and licensing to do what they do?  That should speak to the importance of hiring a REALTOR®.

Ready to sell your home yet?  Check out our selling page for information on the process.

Contact one of our licensed REALTORS® to help you get started!