We are working on getting our home ready to sell. We really wanted to have a for sale sign up this spring but have found that our “to do” list is not complete. Should we put it up for sale anyway, hoping it won’t matter?
If you’re serious about selling (and you sound like you are), it is very important to have your home “show ready” on day 1. Before your agent puts the sign up, gets photos taken and posts your home online, everything on your list should be checked off. Inside that means, painting walls and trim where needed, cleaning and/or replacing floors, emptying closets, removing items from surfaces and counters and possibly removing and/or moving furniture. All, including windows, should be clean and sparkling. Outside, flower beds should be weeded and mulched, shrubs trimmed, sidewalks and siding pressure washed and your deck cleaned and stained.
It is the simple truth that folks cannot see past clutter and dirt. Telling them that the carpet will be replaced next week or the pink room painted will not help you sell your home. It is worth the wait to have it ALL done and move in ready before you put your home on the market, even if you miss the spring months.
Selling a home is not for the faint of heart. But like most things in life, hard work pays off. When your list is complete and your home is on the market, buyers will be impressed. Before you know it, you will be packing and moving on, buying someone else’s home and appreciating their hard work.