6 Vital Things to Do Before Listing Your Home For Sale

Michelle Sturdevant Blog

If you are thinking about putting your home up for sale there are some important things you must take care of before listing it in order to ensure your success. Bearing in mind that the real estate market is in the down part of the cycle right now you must consider the best ways to be competitive and make your house stand out from the crowd so you will be able to sell it quickly and for the right price. The very first thing you will want to do before listing your home for sale is to find the right realtor.

The right realtor will know exactly what things you need to do in order to attract home buyers and command a good price for your home in any market. Some of the things you will probably need to do before listing your home for sale include making any necessary repairs, improving your curb appeal, staging your home, and developing a plan to keep the house clean at all times. You should also check around and see what other homes in your area are selling for so you can price your home appropriately.

So, now that you know the 6 most vital things you need to do before listing your home, let’s look at some of them in a little more detail. Making necessary repairs includes major repairs such as a new roof or windows as well as minor repairs such as chipped paint or rusty hinges on your doors. Image is everything when it comes to selling your home because it is how your home makes a potential buyer feel when they see it even more than the facts and figures that will determine if someone buys your home and how much they are willing to pay. Curb appeal is vital so that a potential buyer gets a good first impression and wants to see more. The exterior of the house should be clean, clutter free and attractive. The grass should be cut, flowers planted and weeds should not exist.

Staging the home is a way of making the interior more attractive. Paint should be neutral because colors like bright red will cause a strong reaction ranging from love to hate and you need the colors to be something that everyone will like so a potential buyer isn’t turned off. Having a plan to keep the house clean at all times may mean having the kids spend more time with grandma, setting a schedule for chores or even hiring a housekeeper to come in a couple of times per week.

The real estate market right now is extremely competitive which means you and your house need to be at the top of your game in order to sell. Selling a home right now and selling for a good price is very possible, but you have to play your cards right and make your house the one that everyone wants to live in.


Written by Louise Scoggins, a Realtor in the Atlanta Homes market. For more information on Atlanta Foreclosures, please visit ThinkLouise.com

Michelle Sturdevant Realty Group

Categories: Real Estate Advice for Sellers

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2 replies

  1. Staging a homes is essential these days to get top dollar!

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