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HOME SELLING CHECKLIST


Deciding to sell your home is a crucial decision and the selling process can be quite demanding. At Coldwell Banker RS West, we are committed to making the sale of your home quick, easy, and profitable.
Here’s a checklist to help you get started:

Hire a Sales Associate

Home sellers prepare to sell their home by making necessary improvements, de-cluttering and painting.  All these things are done to increase buyer interest and make more money in the transaction.  But choosing the right agent might be the very best “investment” you will make.  The wrong agent can cost you money, time and the sale of your home.  Your chosen Coldwell Banker sales associate has the ability to save you money and sell your home.
Look for a sales associate that utilizes tools and communications techniques you are comfortable with:

  • Knowledgeable in your housing market
  • Highly trained
  • Will provide references
  • Award winning success
  • National recognition
  • Client satisfaction

 

 

WHERE TO BEGIN:

Start planning early

Start weeding out your current possessions. Throw out, give away, or sell the things that you don’t want to move at a yard sale.

Start packing early
Anything that you are sure you will not be using before moving day should get boxed and sent to a storage unit.

Identify your home’s flaws or problems

Sellers are obligated to disclose any major problems or flaws in the structure or property, including things like dry rot, termites, asbestos, or a new highway slated to run nearby. The disclosure requirements vary by state, but if you fail to mention the leaky roof or flooding basement, you could be sued for fraud. There is really no upside to trying to hide problems anyway since most buyers will have the home inspected before closing.

Get the house in “showcase” condition

Small cosmetic touches can increase your home’s value by thousands. (See improvement section below.)

Decide what goes and what stays

Before you start showing your home, you need to decide what will be included in the sale. If you want to take your washer and dryer with you, tell serious buyers before negotiations start.

Look for a new home

Home sellers are generally advised not to begin the search for a new home until they are confident that the sale of their existing home is progressing towards a successful closing. Even then, it is always possible that a sale can fall through and you could be faced with the prospect of owing two homes. And trying to perfectly time two closings can make planning a move much more stressful. However, if you have to move quickly or you don’t want to pass on your dream home, you can choose to buy and sell simultaneously. Just make sure to listen to the advice of your real estate professional and other advisors so you know your options.

IMPROVEMENTS:

Suggested Exterior Improvements

  • Painting: Touch up your house’s exterior paint before you put it on the market. Paint and/or clean the front door.
  • Lawn: Keep your lawn freshly mowed and neatly trimmed. Clear debris from the lawn and the border of your home.
  • Sidewalks: Sweep your sidewalks daily.
  • Shrubbery: Remove or replace any dead or dying trees, hedges, or shrubs; prune anything that looks unsightly or overgrown.
  • Flowers: Filling flowerbeds with seasonal flowers is an inexpensive way to add color and charm to your property. Consider placing a flowerpot by your front door.
  • Repairs: Be sure that all gutters and downspouts are in place and clean. Replace missing roof shingles and broken or cracked windows.
  • Garage and Exterior: Make sure the garage door is greased and working properly and the house address numbers are easily visible. Replace stray or warped roofing shingles. Straighten sagging gutters. Repaint or replace your mailbox if it shows signs of wear.
  • Windows: Keep your windows spotless inside and out throughout the marketing period.
  • Clutter: Eliminate or hide clutter: Clear everything out of the garage that you don’t need.

Suggested Interior Improvements

  • Clean, scrub, and polish: Keep your stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and other appliances spotlessly clean inside and out.
  • Clean and spot-treat all carpeting. Polish wood floors and vinyl flooring. Clean walls, doors, and woodwork.
  • Eliminate odors: Buyers will notice strong smells as soon as they walk through your front door. Eliminate smoke, mildew, and pet odors.
  • Fix drippy faucets and running toilets: If any of your sinks or bathtubs drain slowly, unclog them.
  • Get rid of clutter: Keep clutter off of kitchen counters and dirty dishes out of the sink. Straighten all closets.
  • Make cosmetic improvements: Painting isn’t expensive if you do it yourself, but be careful when selecting interior colors. Avoid cherry red, canary yellow, emerald green, and other bold colors with strong visual impact. Make sure hinges and knobs are tightened and doors close properly.

Suggested Staging Tips
Here are some staging tips that you can use to increase your house’s emotional appeal.

  • Kitchen: Aromas from fragrant goodies like freshly baked gingerbread or traditional candle or “scentcy” bring back wonderful memories of home.
  • Bathrooms: Always have fresh towels in bathrooms. Buy new shower curtains; old ones are usually spotted with mildew. Put new soap in the soap dishes.
  • De-clutter: Clear everything off your refrigerator: Most folks use magnets or tape to stick everything from vacation snapshots and finger-painting masterpieces. Clear everything off.
  • Comfort: Keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A house that’s too hot or too cold isn’t inviting.
  • Flowers: Vases of colorful, fresh flowers spotted throughout the house make a wonderful impression on prospective buyers.

 

Before and After
Staging will help you sell your home. Look at these before and after photos.


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Vernal Office: 435.789.7555
Roosevelt Office: 435.722.3533

1340 West Highway 40
Vernal, Utah 84078

 



 


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