A Home Seller’s Checklist

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, there are a number of emotions that you can go through. You’re excited to find a buyer and move onto the next chapter in your own life, sad to be leaving this chapter and your old home behind, and even a little anxious about finding a real estate agent and a potential buyer that you don’t mind selling your home to.

One of the things you can do to keep from becoming completely overwhelmed during the selling process is to let your real estate agent help, then you should make a checklist to help you complete everything that needs to be done to ensure a quick and final sale of the property. From making sure your HVAC system is in great working order to update the cabinets in the home, read on below for a few things to do before selling your house to help you stay on top of your seller’s to-do list.

Have your HVAC system checked.

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The first thing on your seller to-do list should be to have your system checked to ensure it’s operating properly. Nothing can turn off a potential buyer like coming into a home that is freezing cold because the heating system doesn’t work. Have your furnace checked out by a trained professional and don’t forget to have your air conditioning unit checked out as well. If your heating system or HVAC unit is old you might want to consider replacing the unit before your real estate agent starts setting up shows for the house. A serious buyer will be much more likely to purchase a home that has an energy-efficient HVAC unit already in place.

Clean and declutter your home ahead of time.

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Don’t wait until your real estate agent has set up a showing of your home to begin cleaning and decluttering. From the closet to the garage and from the boxes in the attic to the shop in the basement, you want everything to be nice, neat and shown off to perfection when a potential buyer visits your home.

A cluttered home looks smaller than it actually is. You don’t want a buyer to have to make their way around boxes, knick-knacks, and toys in order to tour your home. So, clean and declutter when you first decide to sell, then keep it that way until you move. In other words, always have your home show-ready in case the realtor calls and wants to bring by a buyer who is interested in seeing your home.

Don’t forget about the curb appeal.

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The first thing any buyer is going to see when they pull up to your home is the front yard, front door, and the surrounding property. Make sure that the yard is neatly cut, kept, and that there is no trash anywhere on the property. Painting the outside of the home will help with curb appeal as well as putting out a welcome mat to make the home look that much cozier.

Be Patient

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While it may not be easy to do, you’re going to have to learn to be patient when it comes to selling your home. Making sure that you have a great real estate agent who works hard to sell your home will help, but the rest is going to have to be up to you.

These are just a few things that should go on your seller checklist when you’re trying to get your home ready to sell. Remember, declutter, make sure your HVAC system is up to par, and have the patience you need to wait for the right buyer to come along, and you’ll be fine.

Nicole Thompson

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