What is a Home Selling Checklist?

If it’s time to sell your Utah home, a home selling checklist is your ticket to less stress and a smooth process. 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Beehive State’s housing market is hot. It’s a seller’s market, with low inventory and high demand for housing, and real estate can sell very quickly. Before you go and put a For Sale sign out front, there are some things you’ll want to take care of. Here’s a checklist of things to do before selling your home:

  • Hire a Great Real Estate Agent. It pays to take the time finding an agent who knows your specific market well. Keep this relationship professional, too–you want your agent to work for you. Even though your cousin or your uncle works in real estate, it can be challenging to make sure they’re working hard to meet your needs and that you are comfortable voicing your needs. You may need to talk to a few agents before finding one that you feel comfortable working with.
  • Up Your Curb Appeal. The first thing potential buyers are going to notice is the exterior of your home. Do all that you can to make sure this is a good first impression. A well-maintained lawn and yard speak volumes, letting the buyer know they can expect the same care and attention throughout the home. Painting the front door, adding some seasonal flowers, and updating your porch light are all cost-effective ways to instantly refresh your home’s exterior.
  • Declutter, Then Declutter Again. Clutter detracts from any space, no matter how beautifully it is decorated. Your goal is to have counters cleared, and empty tabletops. Removing the clutter helps make a space seem bigger visually, and you want potential buyers to see how much counter space they can have. Closets, drawers, cabinets, cupboards–all of these are going to be opened and viewed by curious buyers. Too much stuff lurking in these areas is off-putting, and buyers might be worried about having enough room for their own possessions.
  • Don’t Make it Personal. No home selling checklist is complete without this step. Literally, you want to depersonalize your home. A buyer wants to imagine themselves in the new home, and how they’ll use the space. Too many personal touches will make them feel like they’re intruding, and limit the possibility they can find in the house. Take down family photos and bold artwork, and try to create a universally appealing space. If you’ve added a lime green wall, paint over it with a neutral color.
  • Clean and Repair. Cleaning goes a long way in helping your home to sell. A deep clean removes odors, makes appliances look new again, and makes it easy for buyers to imagine themselves in the space. Shining surfaces and clean mirrors and windows will allow your home to dazzle in listing photos. While you’re cleaning, take care of small repairs like wobbly doorknobs, scuff marks, dents in the walls, burnt out lightbulbs, or nail holes. 

Contact Bob Buys Houses

Taking the time to work through this home selling checklist will help your house receive top value in today’s housing market. If you don’t have time and need to sell quickly, Bob Buys Houses can help you get through the process of selling your home efficiently and painlessly. Contact us today for a cash offer on your Salt Lake City, Utah home, and let us take care of everything else!

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