Preparing to List Your Home 'For Sale'
Make a list:
- What you love about your home
- What you dislike about the house
- What is missing in the house
- What is special about your neighborhood
Make your own preliminary value analysis
- Visit ‘Open Houses’
- Check out ‘For Sale’s in you Neighborhood
- Consider the differences between the homes and your home
- Is your expected 'Sale Value' realistic
Neutralize - Declutter - Catch Up On Routine Maintenance
- Caulk and tighten nobs etc.
- Fix leaky faucets
- Make sure all lights and light switches function
- Pack extra linens and clothes away to bedroom closets look spacious
- Pack away extra kitchen equipment to leave room on shelves and counters
- Clean- Make it sparkle
- Welcome Visitors - Beautify your entrance, clean up your garden and drive
- Store items of actual and sentimental value
- Clean- make it sparkle
What’s My Home Worth?
Pre Listing Considerations
To Move or Not To Move
These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger, smaller or in a more desirable location.
If you answer yes to most of the questions, you may be ready to move.
Pre-sale Home Inspection
There are advantages being 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 and smooths the way once you have a sales contract.
On Borrowed Time with Your Home's Major Appliances & Systems
You know the condition and life expectancy of many of your systems. If some of them getting old and showing their age, purchasing a home warranty before you sell will ease your mind, potentially your budget and is a very real incentive to prospective purchasers.
Many appliances and systems start to break down after 10 or more years. A Home Warranty will protect your from potentially major expenses.
Identify Possible Replacement Costs
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.
Equip yourself with tools:
1. Common Appraisal Repair and Inspection Items
2. BRG Marketing System
3. BRG Home Protection Plan
See Resource Section for more details.