Prepare Your Home For A Listing

Oct 03, 2018

Stein Posner Real Estate has decades of experience when it comes to all real estate business, including preparing your home for a listing. As your trusted partner, we are here to educate you on the necessary steps to take before putting your house on the market. Check out our four top suggestions:

1. Cleaning

Cleaning is one of the most important steps to take before listing your home. Would you consider buying a messy and dusty home? Probably not. Decluttering your house is a great place to begin. Throw away anything that is unused or has endured significant wear and tear and make organization part of your decor. Stein Posner has put together a list of the most common places people forget to clean before listing their home.

- TV and TV stand

- Washing machine and dryer

- Curtains and curtain rods

- Door frames and baseboards

- Ceiling fans

- Light switches

- Remote controls

- Throw pillows

- Windows and window sills

When tidying up, really focus on the rooms that potential buyers are most interested in: living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, and bathroom. Don't forget obscure places either, such as the garage, guest bedroom, linen closet and pantry. The best rule when cleaning is to start "top to bottom" and then "left to right," ensuring that every surface is spotless. Follow up dusting with vacuuming and polishing all furniture and floors. Polishing the furniture will give your home the extra sparkle that it needs!

Organizing and cleaning your house in the midst of the listing process can be a lot of work. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, you may want to consider hiring a cleaning service. Our agents have wonderful recommendations for any type of home assistance you may need.


2. Simple Decor

Now it’s time to decorate! Remember, it’s best to keep decor simple; it will make a better impression on your viewers. Focus on creating open spaces within your house, so that potential buyers will be able to envision how they would decorate.

Make sure to remove personal items from rooms. Depersonalizing your home and removing a few sentimental items like family photos will also help viewers visualize themselves living there. Finally, make sure that all of your furniture creates a natural path throughout rooms for potential buyers to walk through; you wouldn't want potential buyers to stub their toes or bump into the furniture at the open house! Use large furniture as room dividers or place them alongside the walls to create a more open flow.

Your home shouldn't look too bare either. Adding small plants can fill empty spaces as well as highlight relevant features such as bright windows. Adding a pop of color here and there, such as a colorful throw pillow or lamp will give the room instant personality. Repaint walls with off-white, beige colors, and do away with bright or bold colors. Open all windows to let natural light fill the rooms to create a radiant and cheery vibe. Want to add a finishing touch? Baking cookies before a showing, lighting candles, or playing low music can all make your home standout compared to others.

3. Repairs

Small repairs make a big impact when it comes to selling your home quickly. While it's not necessary to completely renovate, you should consider tackling the small upgrades that you have been avoiding.

Focus on the exterior of your home first.  Our experienced professionals suggest that you replace mulch, touch up landscaping, clean the roof and windows, and pressure wash the driveway to create the perfect first impression on future homeowners.

Service all mechanical systems, such as your air conditioning units, sprinkler systems, pool pumps, and water heater. You want to be sure that there aren't any signs of previous or current leaks, mold, or rust. Finally, touch-up any peeling or scuffed paint on your interior walls and repaint any "loud" colors with beige or white paint to create a relaxing environment.

Making simple repairs leads to a more profitable and efficient closing. A clean and decorated house is great, but can be a turnoff if potential buyers can't look past outdated or broken objects.

4. Trust a Professional Agent

Stein Posner real estate agents are trained to have a house inspector's eye. They will point out anything a potential buyer may notice but that you have become accustomed to, such as dusty AC vents, wasted air intake, and worn out kitchen appliances. The goal is to have your house in the best showing condition possible. We don't want you to waste money on upgrades that you don't need. In fact, we want you to double your return on your investment!

Our real estate professionals are here to help guide you through the listing process, help you keep money in your pocket, and provide a realistic plan of action. We pride ourselves on helping people, and giving sincere advice is part of that. It is imperative that you have a clear understanding of the entire listing process, as knowledge IS power.

Selling your home is the most important transactions of your life, so trust your agents. We provide constructive suggestions, experienced advice, and most importantly, have your best interest at heart. If you are looking to sell your home or want to find out more information about listing your home, give us a call.