Market Preparation

Market

Preparation Guide

Properly preparing your home for sale is one of the best ways to make a favorable impression that
will help it sell more quickly and for the best price. I can help you stage your home or refer you to an accredited staging professional. But there are a lot of things you can do yourself, both before and during showings, to improve its appeal.

 

Before showings:

  • Turn on all interior lights, even during the day, and exterior lights at night.

  • Make the temperature comfortable— approximately 68 degrees.

  • Keep pets in a separate area, and change litter boxes daily.

  • Put money and other valuables away and out of sight.

  • Keep curtains, drapes and shades open.

  • Open all doors inside the home, except closets.

During showings:

A buyer will likely spend more time previewing your home if you’re not there.

If you can’t leave the home, try to stay out of the way, and keep children quiet and out of the way.

Don’t precede or follow potential buyers through your home.

Let the sales associate show and sell your home.
 

Here’s a checklist to help you identify areas in your home that may need improvement in order to make the best impression on potential buyers.

Entry, Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room

  • ❑  Traffic Patterns

  • ❑  Furniture

    Arrangement

  • ❑  Window Coverings

  • ❑  Fireplace

  • ❑  Floors/Carpet

  • ❑  Walls & Ceilings

    Kitchen

  • ❑  Countertops

  • ❑  Cabinets— Exterior & Interior

  • ❑  Appliances

  • ❑  Faucets

  • ❑  Sinks

  • ❑  Floor

  • ❑  Walls & Ceiling

Bathroom(s)

  • ❑  Tub

  • ❑  Shower Enclosure

  • ❑  Tile & Grout

  • ❑  Sinks & Counters

  • ❑  Toilet

  • ❑  Faucets

  • ❑  Floor

  • ❑  Walls & Ceiling

    Bedroom(s)

  • ❑  Traffic Patterns

  • ❑  Furniture Arrangement

  • ❑  Window Coverings

  • ❑  Closets

  • ❑  Floor/Carpet

  • ❑  Walls & Ceiling

Yard

Lawn

Hedges & Shrubs

Flower Beds

Fences & Gates

Walks & Driveways

Home Exterior

Paint

Trim Paint

Porches, Decks, Railings

Brickwork

Siding

Front Door

Roof

Basement

Stairway

Floor

Storage Areas

Finished Areas

Windows & Window Coverings

Garage

Door

Storage

General
Doors

Windows

Window Frames

Lights

 

 

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