5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale
home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the
trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make
repairs before open houses begin.

2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items,
such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys,
and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the
garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and
baseboards to make the house shine.

3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our
or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on
how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself.
The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be
handy when negotiations begin.  

4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user
manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items
that will remain with the house.

5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your
home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property?
Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible?
Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from
cracks and impediments?

Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.