40 Important Things for First-Time Home Sellers
Quell any apprehension when it comes to selling your first home with these 40 important things for first-time home sellers
Choose Low-Maintenance Materials
Remove Personal Items
Clear the Clutter
Fix Pet Issues
Do a Thorough Cleaning
Address Minor Issues
Up Curb Appeal
Get a Home Inspection
Brag About Walkability
Clean the Carpet, Polish the Floors to Sell Your Home
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Rearrange Your Furniture
Avoid having furniture lined up along the walls. Pull the sofa away from the wall and pull chairs close to create a conversation area. Also, you may need to remove some furniture so it’s easy for people to walk around in the rooms. If you’ve toured model homes and had the feeling you could move right in and live there, that’s what you’re going for. Be sure to use best lifting practices as well.
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Buy Fresh Flowers and Plants
Inside the house, fresh flowers in vases add color, life and the feeling that you, as the home seller, are putting your best foot forward. It may not matter to some buyers but others will appreciate this detail and take it as a sign that your home has been well cared for. If you grow vegetables indoors or want to, here’s how to get those seedlings to sprout.
Create a Welcoming Entry
Be sure the steps and/or walkway up to the front door are in good repair with no big cracks or overgrown weeds. Check that the door (and storm/screen door, if you have one) is in good shape and is working properly. Also, check the lock. You don’t want the real estate agent to fumble trying to open the door. Check the threshold to make sure it’s clean and in good repair. Replace any dangling or loose weather stripping.
And finally, put a wreath on it. hokey or not, a simple wreath on the front door is an inviting and welcoming sign of good thing to come inside.
It’s a good idea to keep the decor simple when selling a home. Sellers want to allow potential buyers to imagine the possibilities of a house. Distracting decor will turn buyers off from the thought of trying to picture how they can decorate a room.
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Luxuriate the Bathroom
The bathroom can be a highlight of a house and when putting a home on the market, sellers should make it shine. A soaking tub can be the perfect place to unwind for a potential buyer. Make a bathroom feel like a spa.
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Prepare the Paperwork
Obviously the better prepared a seller is for a home sale, the easier it will go. That being said, don’t forget to have all the paperwork for the house organized and ready to go. Some of the paperwork that a seller will need includes: deed, homeowners insurance information, loan information, property tax statements, appliance warranties, title report, purchase agreement and any other information regarding the property.
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Plan Out Activities for Kids
Selling a house with kids requires a little extra planning because you’ll need activities for them while you’re out of the house. Find some quick getaway places like the library or a park while you have a viewing of the house. Just make sure you get enough notice ahead of time before a viewing.
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It’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion when trying to find a real estate agent. Many people work with the same agent they did on an earlier deal or use someone recommended by a friend or relative. Make sure to talk to others who have worked with an agent, you might be surprised what you find.
Make sure you avoid doing things like adding a sunroom when selling a house, it could cost you.
Research the Comparabales
Look for home sales in the past three months. Appraisers only look at comparable homes sold in the last three months. Avoid trying to inflate the square footage of your home. The appraiser will know exactly how much square footage your home has.
Have Safety Equipment Installed and Working
Make sure your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and other safety devices are working properly. Also, be sure to have an up-to-date fire extinguisher.
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Make Sure Appraiser Knows of Improvements
Have your documents on the ready to show any home improvements you have made including additions, HVAC units, exterior work, roof and other remodeling.
Is the Appraiser From the Area?
Your appraiser should ideally come from a nearby place, ideally even a 10-mile radius. That’s so they are familiar with the neighborhood. It’s a good idea to ask how long the appraiser has worked in the industry along with which data sources they use beyond the MLS. Appraisers Forum is a good spot to see what to ask.
Be sure to always talk to the neighbors when looking for a house. They’re going to tell you what the Realtor won’t.
Be Aware of Recent Developments
If the area near your home is seeing growth or there are plans for future developments, let the appraiser know. It might not be on their radar.
Give the Appraiser Room to Work
Appraisers are likely greeted by eager home sellers all the time. But back off and let them work. You can make their work pleasant but don’t go overboard and trail them through every room. It’s likely to set off alarms.
Review the Appraisal
Appraisers aren’t infallible so it’s important to review their work to verify the facts are correct. Square footage totals can vary from appraiser to appraiser.