Have you made the decision to prepare your house for sale like we did? There is much to do which is why we created the Seller’s Complete Checklist to keep ourselves organized and on track.
Use our free printable checklist as a guide and take joy in making big check marks every time you complete a tasks! I love making those check marks!
We have lived in our current home for 17 of the nearly 20 years we’ve been married. Lots of memories have been made. All but the oldest of our five grandchildren were born since we have lived here. There was that time our little grandson bit into a glow stick one summer night as we lounged on the front porch. Our first responder was a neighbor with Poison Control on speed dial. Just a couple months ago, the two oldest grandsons were throwing a baseball when the window in their Mom’s van was broken. We have hosted many Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter celebrations in our home.
My Dad cleared the land our home is on and gave us several of our trees. My Mom lived with us for four years after my Dad passed away until she lost her life to breast cancer. Our youngest daughter graduated from high school, went to college and got married since we have been here. My husband and I worked our way through college, growing our cleaning business with many long nights of studying at the dining room table.
But it is time for a change at this season in our life and we have made the decision to move closer to my husbands job and cut down on commute time. We’re leaving the country and moving to the city! We are both quite excited for our future.
We have created a list and we’re working toward the goal. If you’re about to embark upon the same journey, use these tips.
Make A List
The first thing we did once we made the decision was to create a list based on what we knew needed to happen before we even call the realtor. I did a great deal of research on realtor websites and created our free printable Home Seller’s Checklist based on matching advice from many realtors. That list is stapled to the front of a notebook which has sub-lists of each room in our home with specific tasks to accomplish. We use one of our bedrooms as a home office but will be staging it as a bedroom. Those are the kinds of things which will be specific to your home.
Conduct a Walk Through
Walk through your home from one end to the other making notes of everything that may need to be repaired, replaced or painted. I don’t dare write down what needs to be decluttered because that is pretty much the entire house.
Declutter every room in your house. Once you believe you are finished decluttering an area, go back and declutter a little more. Try to envision your space from the perspective of a potential buyer. They don’t want to see your things, they want to envision their own things in your space.
Create 3 piles; keep, garbage and donate. There is a rule that if you haven’t worn an article of clothing in one year, get rid of it! Be sure to ask for the receipt when you donate to a local charity thrift store so you can get a credit on your taxes.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Be sure you are not only leaving your home decluttered but clean too, especially the kitchen and bathrooms. We have a handy free printable with spring cleaning chores you can grab.
Use our Speed Cleaning ideas to keep the house clean. Those showings always come at a bad time, don’t they!
Once your realtor comes out to look at your home, he or she will give you a list of items you may need to repair. This won’t come as a surprise to you since it is your home. You could go ahead and make those repairs prior to inviting out the realtor which is what we did. It is also possible that the home inspection could yield repair(s). Be prepared.
We don’t tend to notice just how old our walls look until we view them from the perspective of a potential buyer. You may need to just do some touch up painting or you may need to paint the whole house. In either case, be sure to use neutral colors.
Create some curb appeal. Clean up flower beds and keep the lawn mowed. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Spruce up the porch with flowers and maybe a wreath on the door. Put down a fresh layer of pine straw in your flower beds.
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