Seller’s Info

One of the most important first steps to take when deciding to sell your house is to be sure that you and your Realtor have agreed on an ‘asking price’ that is fair for you, but is also reasonable in terms of fair market value. With easy internet access available for most people today, buyers have become much more knowledgeable and sophisticated. They have learned to do lots of comparison shopping, and for the most part, know the value of houses where they are interested in buyingHow large a home do you want to buy? Do you prefer new construction or resale? These are the types of questions that need careful consideration.

If you need to sell your home it takes a great of preparation to receive top dollar because with buyers, first impressions count. Attractive curb appeal (with additional landscaping, if needed) generates more buyers. Cleaning out any clutter and taking away excess furniture creates a more spacious atmosphere. In most cases, a small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over others when the time comes to show a prospective buyer.

Making sure all the items on this checklist are complete will help you get top market value:

General Maintenance

  • Oil/Adjust Squeaky doors
  • Tighten doorknobs
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Repair leaking faucets and toilets

The Buying Atmosphere

  • Be absent during showings / Open Houses
  • Turn on all lights
  • Light fireplace if functional
  • Open drapes in day time
  • Play quiet background music
  • Keep pets outdoors

Curb Appeal

  • Cut the lawn
  • Trim shrubs
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Pick up any litter in the yard
  • Clear drive and walkways of leaves
  • Repair and/or Clean gutters
  • Touch up exterior paint

Keeping It Clean

  • Vaccuum and/or Shampoo carpets
  • Clean waher, dryer, tubs, showers and sinks
  • Clean furnace and replace filter
  • Clean Kitchen appliances and counter surfaces
  • Clean Bathrooms

The First Impression

  • Clean entry / foyer
  • Make sure the doorbell is working
  • Polish doorknobs

The Spacious Look

  • Clean stairs and hallways
  • Store excess furnishings
  • Make closets neat and tidy
  • Remove excess clutter