Seller Portal: Preparing


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Preparing Your Home for the Market

The entire connected world is about to have access to your home and potential buyers will be looking at it with a discerning eye.

Let's make a good impression. Blah blah

Maintenance

Does your home require some general maintenance?

Either on your own or with the help of a contractor... consider:

  • Power washing the home's exterior and hardscape
  • Staining the deck
  • Painting the trim (interior or exterior)
  • A fresh coat of paint on the walls can make a HUGE difference
  • Do you know of any minor plumbing or electrical issues that will pop up in the home inspection?
  • Does the carpet need to be replaced?

Pro Tip


If you really want to make a good impression on buyers, consider hiring a home inspector to conduct a pre-listing inspection.

It's usually not as intrusive as a full home inspection, but it can help you identify items that you want to correct and you can even present it to buyers as a way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Deep Clean

  • Dusting everything (light fixtures, shelves, blinds, window sills, etc)
  • Wiping down all baseboards and trim
  • Cleaning grout lines
  • Vacuum, mop, sweep
  • Scrub counters, sinks, faucets
  • It doesn't have to be spotless, but a clean/organized garage leaves a great impression on a buyer
  • Clean up the landscaping (pull weeds, mulch and edge the beds, trim what needs to be trimmed)

Deep Clean

  • Move "lawn clutter" to the shed or garage (excess toys, leftover mulch bags, extra pavers, yard tools, etc)
  • Sweep or blow off the driveway, sidewalks, decks, and patios
  • The basement can be used for storage, but make it look organized (you don't want buyers to worry about a lack of storage)
  • Wipe down all appliances
  • Clean the windows

Maintenance

  • Power washing the home's exterior and hardscape
  • Staining the deck
  • Painting the trim (interior or exterior)
  • A fresh coat of paint on the walls can make a HUGE difference
  • Do you know of any minor plumbing or electrical issues that will pop up in the home inspection?
  • Does the carpet need to be replaced?

Deep Clean

It's amazing how differently we see a home that we live in every day and how we see a home that we're buying. It's like putting on glasses for the first time.

This would be a great time to put those glasses on and give your home a deep clean. Consider:

  • Dusting everything (light fixtures, shelves, blinds, window sills, etc)
  • Wiping down all baseboards and trim
  • Cleaning grout lines
  • Vacuum, mop, sweep
  • Scrub counters, sinks, faucets
  • It doesn't have to be spotless, but a clean/organized garage leaves a great impression on a buyer
  • Clean up the landscaping (pull weeds, mulch and edge the beds, trim what needs to be trimmed)
  • Move "lawn clutter" to the shed or garage (excess toys, leftover mulch bags, extra pavers, yard tools, etc)
  • Sweep or blow off the driveway, sidewalks, decks, and patios
  • The basement can be used for storage, but make it look organized (you don't want buyers to worry about a lack of storage)
  • Wipe down all appliances
  • Clean the windows

Photo Day Prep

Are you ready to show your home to the entire World Wide Web?

Here are a few things to do to prepare for our photographers.

General

  • Make sure ALL light bulbs work and that they are the same type of bulbs (soft white, bright, etc)
  • All lights and lamps should be turned on
  • Turn all blinds open
  • Ceiling fans should be turned off
  • Toys can be staged or hidden away
  • We usually stow floor mats and runners (there are exceptions)
  • Hide valuables that shouldn't be shown off
  • Hide pet bowls, beds, toys, etc
  • Fresh flowers are always a good idea

Living Areas

  • Are we lighting the fireplace or firepit?
  • Arrange furniture to look best (not necessarily for TV viewing)
  • Fold blankets and fluff pillows
  • Organize bookshelves
  • Minimize nick-nacks
  • Hide remotes/cables/non-essential power cords
  • Organize bills/paperwork/etc in office
  • Hide shoes and coat clutter
  • Some family photos are good... but not too many

Dining Room

  • A centerpiece is good for the table
  • If not too cluttered, set the table
  • Straighten all chairs
  • Remove highchairs or booster seats

Kitchen

  • Hide trashcans
  • Empty the sink
  • Remove magnets and papers from the refrigerator
  • Minimal countertop clutter
  • Remove hand towels

Bedrooms

  • Make the beds
  • Hide dirty laundry
  • Hide phone chargers and clutter from tables and dressers
  • Clean visible items from under the bed
  • Stage/hide kids toys and books

Bathrooms

  • Hide toiletries
  • Clean mirrors

Exterior

  • Mow the lawn | Rake the leaves | Shovel the snow (driveway, sidewalks, patio, deck)
  • Even in winter, we suggest setting up all the patio furniture
  • Remove empty or dead planters
  • No vehicles should be parked within view of the camera (especially in the driveway)
  • Hide trashcans
  • Clean the pool
  • Turn on water fountains or water features
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