5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market
1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection.
An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand
out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.
2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large
blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store
items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows,
carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.
3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to
be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to
replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers
determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.
4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the
furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.
5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you
approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes
look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing
the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?