Moving is not an easy assignment. Besides the emotional toll it takes on everyone, one also has to deal with the home one is vacating as it will demand a great deal of attention before getting a good price.
Home Selling Advice: First Steps
A good question to start with is, “What work should be done by a professional, and what can the sellers do by themselves?” Deciding which repairs can be undertaken by the homeowner, and which need professional work is important. Sharing the work by having some of the burden borne by professionals will help a lot. The cost will be higher of course, but the emotional cost the seller feels at this time is extreme, and one less headache offers a positive step.
Preparations that can be done by either the professional or the home owner:
- Carpet cleaning
- Painting of walls
- Concrete driveway repairs
- Window cleaning
- Dry wall patching
- Wall paper fix ups
- Wood cabinetry varnishing or painting
- Grout work
For Professionals Only:
It is suggested that these jobs be done by a professional:
- Carpet replacement
- Electricity faults that need mending
- Air conditioner and or furnace repair or replacement.
- Window repairs of locks and screens
Selling a House Checklist
An honest assessment of home repairs that need to be done is essential. Make a list, room by room, of issues that are obvious; for example, a dripping tap in the bathroom, a leak in the roof in the laundry room, a light switch that has never worked.
Follow up this check list by going room to room. Examine all the features from the ceiling to the floor in the following way, noting what action needs to be taken:
- Celing:check paintwork, fans, cobweb removal
- Mid wall: remove picture hooks, nails, patch holes
- Light switches: Clean, replace, test
- Millwork: beading, decoration and walls need dusting, painting
- Floor: cracks, cleaning, carpeting
- Doors: oiled, painted, easy to open and close
- Door handles: on cabinets and doors
- Cupboards/Cabinets: clean, straighten or replace bent shelves,
- Bathrooms: grout, toilets, showers must be cleaned and face the new buyers in their best condition. A dirty bathroom is a turn-off to most new home searchers.
- Patio: Ceilings, floors, brickwork, outside light fittings, switches, power points to clean and be repaired
Selling a Home Fast
Helpful advice is to get the home and property into perfect working condition as soon as possible and ready for the first interested home searcher. Staging the house, which means decorating a house for a sale, is worth the effort. The following website, one among many offer some suggestions in this regard.
Realtor.org offers links and suggestions about staging a home.
After the Sale and Moving Out
When vacating the house, ensure that every item personally owned is removed. Remember that nobody wants other people’s old stuff, so don’t leave anything in closets, storerooms or on the patio even if the item could be useful for someone else. Keep it yourself, or dispose of the item appropriately.
As daunting as it may be to get a home sold, this simple list will organize some of the steps to help get the house or apartment into good order. Hopefully a very good price will be agreed upon and the property can be left standing proudly, waiting for its new owner.