What To Do Before You List Your Home

Deciding to sell your home can be an exciting, yet stressful time. In order to keep the stress levels down, there are ways to prepare yourself and get ahead before you list your home for sale. Below are a few things you can do to focus more on the excitement rather than the stress of selling your home!

Think about doing a home inspection before listing. A home inspector will be able to spot trouble areas that might stand out to buyers. By identifying these areas, you can make repairs before you start showing your house.

Clean. Pack up the items in your home that you don’t use a lot, like large kitchen tools and seasonal clothing. Arrange the items neatly in boxes in a storage area. Go through your home and clean the floors, carpet, windows, etc., so your entire home sparkles!

Get estimates for items in your home that need replacement. If you have costly items that need to be replaced in the near future, it may be helpful to find out what the price will be to repair those items. Even if you aren’t planning on replacing these items, the costs will help the buyers decide if they can afford your home, and they will be helpful when negotiations begin.

Find warranties. Finding warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your washer and dryer, dishwasher, and other items that are staying in your house can help you avoid lost paperwork or scrambling.

If you want more information on this topic, visit Before Putting Your Home up for Sale  from REALTOR® Magazine, the Official Magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®. This handout explains each question more in-depth, and it features other questions to ask that are not mentioned above. 


REALTOR® Magazine. Before putting your home up for sale. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® Official Magazine. Retrieved from http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/handouts-for-customers/for-sellers/putting-your-home-up-for-sale