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Before Putting Your Home up for Sale

Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home to make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run.

Consider a pre-sale home inspection.

A home inspector will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and will give you a list of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers. This will allow you to make the repairs before your home is listed. If you don’t hire an inspector or if you put off making the repairs on the list, there’s a very good chance you will have to deal with them anyway; the potential buyer will most likely ask for a home inspection and these items will be on the list. You will be better off dealing with the issues prior to putting your home on the market

Organize and clean.

Pare down and pack up your least-used items, kitchen tools, clothes, toys, and seasonal items. Store them off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, cabinets, walls, light fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

Get replacement estimates.

Do you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? Find out how much it will cost to repair an older roof or to replace worn carpeting, even if you don’t plan to do so. Knowing these figures from your own trusted service providers will help when your buyer asks for a credit off the sale price to make the repairs. Visit SharonQ.com for our list of trusted providers.

Locate warranties.

Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. Your future buyer will appreciate it!

Spruce up the curb appeal.

Walk out to the front of your home and pretend you’re a prospective buyer seeing the property for the first time. As you turn around to walk towards your front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? What do you see framing the entrance, if anything? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments? Small touches can make a huge difference. Many buyers will drive by before they contact their agent for a showing – make sure their first impression is a good one!

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Sharon Quataert