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The Home Seller Checklist

The Basics

  • Hire a professional cleaner
  • Make minor upgrades, like new carpet and modern paint colors
  • Plant flowers, trim grass and sweet walkways. The buyer will make a quick assessment from their car, and will often decide there and then whether to look at your house or not.
  • Light it up! Replace those burned-out light bulbs, buy some extra floor lamps and trim the vine growing over your front window. Do whatever you can to let light into the house.
  • Repair all those little things you've been meaning to fix: drippy faucets, stained ceilings, or that back porch gutter that's hanging by a nail.
  • Organize! Especially the pantry, laundry room, cabinets (don't forget under the kitchen sink), and all the other places where clutter has taken over. Buyers like a clean organized home.
  • Pay attention to the finishing touches: new towels, shower curtains, tidy beds, oiled door hinges, fresh flowers, and soft music.

Your Transaction Timeline

  • Position: Evaluate comparable homes and analyze market trends.
  • Prepare: Marketing strategy and listing preparation (staging, floorplan, photography).
  • Launch: MLS, syndication, and networking.
  • Marketing: Print and digital advertising, and targeted mailers and email campaigns.
  • Show: Broker events, open houses, lead follow-up, gather prospective buyer feedback.
  • Negotiate
  • Settlement

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