Checklist: Preparing the Home for the Market

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 10:16am.

Once you decide to put your Duluth home up for sale you've got your work cut out for you. We've created this handy checklist to help you get organized as you prepare your home for the market. 

         Gather up some large, sturdy boxes – one for each room of the house.

         Label the boxes with the name of the room they correspond to and go through each room placing the clutter in the appropriate box.

         Check your cleaning supplies to make sure you have what you need and shop for what you’re missing.

         Schedule the cleaning crew if you’ll be using one.

         Organize cupboards, closets and drawers.

         Remove everything that isn’t decorative from bathroom and kitchen counters.

         Remove large furniture items.

         Take the boxes and furniture to wherever you’ve decided to store them.

         Clean the home thoroughly. Yes, even the baseboards.

         Rearrange the remaining furniture, making sure each room’s purpose is clearly recognizable. Tour model homes to get staging ideas.

         Use the Internet for more ideas: Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, AETV.

         Check all the lighting in the house, buy new bulbs to replace dead ones and new lamps, if required.

         Go through the attic, basement and garage, looking for anything you can use in staging.

         Shop for decorative pieces, if necessary. Craigslist.org, garage sales and thrift stores are great places to find inexpensive decorative items.

         Create focal points by adding colorful accents.

         Wait until everything else is done and shampoo the carpets and clean wood and vinyl floors.

Don’t Forget the Exterior:

         Spruce up the exterior entry way or porch. Add pots of colorful flowers.

         Groom the lawn and fertilize.

         Remove all plant debris from the landscape beds and spread fresh mulch.

         Replace dead or dying plants.

Create a Brag Book

This is a fun project that most homeowners enjoy doing. Fill a 3-ring binder or other type of notebook with information about the house. Some of this may include:

         The real estate flyer I create for the home.

         If we’re marketing the home in winter, add photos of the landscape in full bloom.

         A list of comparable neighborhood sales.

         A community page that lists the area schools, parks, shopping areas and anything else that may be of interest.

         A list of any improvements and repairs you’ve made to the house, with copies of invoices.

         A list of the home’s special features.

         We’ll leave this on a kitchen counter or by the front door for buyers too look through.

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