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7 Simple Steps to Get Your Home Ready to List

Dated: 04/01/2019

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As the days start to warm, revealing the brightly colored flowers, and robins bop merrily around the yard, another cycle of the real estate market begins.

If you’re considering listing your home this year, it’s definitely time to get started with a few things you'll need to do to get ready to list. It’s not as simple as sticking a sign in the yard and waiting for the calls to roll in.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

You never know who will feel that special feeling people get when they find the house that is just right for them. But you can turn the odds in your favor if you and your home are both show ready long before you open up to potential buyers.

Before you sell your house, you’re going to want to run through this checklist.

Hire a Realtor.

There’s a reason that 91 percent of home sellers used a real estate agent to sell their home in 2018: selling a home is a complicated process that really demands an expert.

In addition to being your safety net, a Realtor can point out items that you might not realize are big turn-offs to buyers.

Get to decluttering.

If you have to sell your home in order to buy the next, you’re going to be living in a showroom for the next few months. Take anything you don’t really need immediately and put it in a storage unit. Get it away from your house because pushing clutter around doesn’t really help anything. Declutter as much as you can — it will make your house look bigger and more appealing to prospective buyers

Paint the front door.

Your Realtor will probably drive home the importance of curb appeal, or how enticing your house is from the street (the curb). The better the curb appeal, the more likely potential buyers will come inside and look around. The interesting thing about curb appeal is how certain elements of your house affect the whole picture. Case in point, Zillow’s 2018 Paint Color Analysis found that a black or charcoal colored front door can bring in as much as $6,271 extra!

Spruce up the landscaping.

Along with dressing the front of your house up a bit, make sure that your landscaping is up to par. Prune any unruly plants, replace perennials that may have patchy growth, refresh your mulch, give the lawn a mow. Now that your landscape is radiating amazing curb appeal, keep it that way until your home closes. If you need to hire a landscaper, consider it an investment.

Get copies of your utility bills.

People will ask what kind of utility costs are associated with your home. Does it just burn through the natural gas? Does the electricity use seem excessive? This is another place where you can get ahead of potential buyers by putting this information together and giving it to your Realtor on the day you sign your listing agreement.

Deep clean like you’ve never cleaned before.

And hey, maybe you haven’t, we’re not here to judge. Even though painting is a quick fix to renewing your home’s interior, deep cleaning is less expensive and can result in a better overall effect. For example, if you clean your windows, inside and out until they’re super clean, you’ll immediately notice how much more natural light penetrates the room.

Is There Time For All of That?

If you find yourself crunched for time, don’t make up for it by skipping important things before listing. Instead, call on your Realtor to help you find the people who can move your home sale along. Whether you need a cleaner, a landscaper, an organization expert or even a home inspector, we’ve got you covered. We've already made a list of recommended service providers who can help, let these experts free up some of your time as you get ready to sell.

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Sandy & Bo Bolinger

If you’re looking for a North Texas real estate team to help you negotiate the details of buying or selling a home, then look no further than Bolinger Realty Group. As knowledgeable local REALTORS....

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