Listing Your Home for Sale: What to Do First

The decision to sell your home is an exciting one. Whether you're moving to a new town or upgrading to a larger dwelling, you can't wait to officially list your home for sale. Take a deep breath, and pause for a second. There are a few steps you need to take before putting your home on the market.

Find the Right Realtor

If you want to bring in what your home is truly worth, you absolutely need to work with a real estate agent. Look for someone who has knowledge of the local area, communicates clearly and effectively, and has distinct ideas for marketing your home. A good real estate agent should make you feel comfortable and confident about the sale process. 

Make Simple Interior Repairs

Once you've chosen your real estate agent, they can walk though your home and help you identify basic repairs to be done before you list the home. Little things like removing scuffs from walls, tightening loose door handles, and patching nail holes can make a home interior much more appealing to potential buyers. 

Remove Overly Personal Items

You do not need to empty out your entire home and put everything in storage, but do remove any overly personal items, such as family photos, from the walls and surfaces. Potential buyers like to picture themselves in a home while house hunting, a personal items make it difficult for them to do this. Put your personal items into storage, or stash them in totes in an out-of-the-way closet.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Potential buyers will notice dust that you've been overlooking for years. A few days before listing the home, give it a thorough, top-to-bottom clean. Some cleaning companies even offer pre-sale cleaning packages specifically for such situations.

Tidy Up the Landscaping

Curb appeal is vital. Consider hiring a professional landscaping company to give your property a basic face lift a week or two before you plan to list it. This way, the new landscaping will still be fresh when your agent begins showing the home. A few fresh flowers and some mulch can go a long way.

Once basic repairs are made, the home is clean, the landscaping is tidy, and personal items are away, give your real estate agent a call. They'll finalize your pricing strategy, obtain the necessary photos, and make your listing live. You're ready to sell!