11 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

for sale signThinking of selling your home?

If you’re wondering if now’s the right time to put your home on the market, just look at these stats.
And these stats.
And these.

Convinced yet? The Charlotte seller’s market is hot and still heating up, so if you’ve been thinking of selling, make sure you do the following 11 things before you hold that open house.


11. Start With Landscaping

The earlier you start landscaping, the better it’ll look come open house day. Spend a weekend or have a professional come in to prune the bushes, plant flowers, and spread some new grass seed if necessary.

10. Dig Up Paperwork

Do you know where the deed to your home is? How about all your mortgage docs? Spend some time getting all your files in order that you’ll need comes sales-time to save yourself the hassle when packing.

9. Small Renovations

Read: Small. Now’s a good time to fix that broken gutter and maybe even get a new dishwasher. Just before you want to sell is NOT the right time to put in a pool or add on that sun room you’ve always wanted.

faucet8. Modernize

There are a few small changes you can make that can really un-1990s your home. Change out cabinet knobs, plumbing fixtures, or even just the furniture to make your home feel bright and fresh again.


7. Do Some Spying

On your neighbors, of course! Attend a few open houses in your area to see what you’ll be competing against. Take note how other people’s homes show and what you like and don’t like through the eyes of a “buyer.”

6. Consider Price

Of course, you’ll want to rely on your broker for expert advice on the market value of your home, but spend a few hours talking and thinking about what the reasonable value for your home really is. That way, when you’re asked about pricing, you’ll have a starting point.


5. Paint Everything

Now’s the time to turn your daughter’s room from magenta to beige, and take that bathroom wallpaper down a notch. In general, neutralizing your home will help make it more appealing to buyers.

4. Declutter

Along the same vein as neutralizing, you need to depersonalize your home as well. Remove family photos, clean up closets, and generally do your best to make it look like a model home. When in doubt, remove five things from every room.

3. Deep Clean

Whether you hire a cleaning service or do it yourself, just before you hit the market you want to deep clean everything. From the carpets to the baseboards to the windows, make sure your house looks as sparkly as possible, and smells great, too.

2. Make Arrangements

Whether you’re going to rent a house until you find “the one” or you’ve got your eye on a move-up neighborhood nearby you definitely want to buy in, have a plan for where you’ll go if (and when!) your house sells quickly.

group favorite1. Call a Realtor

Sure, it can seem temping to try and sell your home yourself, but you need professional advice, guidance, and connections to get your property sold fast for the best price possible. Contact On the Move Charlotte today to talk to Leigh Bryant about why now’s the right time to sell your home.


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