Checklist getting your home market ready | Method Real Estate Advisors

CHECKLIST GETTING YOUR HOME MARKET READY

 

 

 

The best thing you can do to help your home sell quickly and for more money is to get your property in top-notch condition before it sells. Most home buyers do not want to buy a home that is going to take a lot of work to move in. Instead, they are looking for something that is move-in ready. This means cleaning up your home and making minor repairs before the house ever goes on the market.

Here is a checklist of things you can do to get your home market ready.

 

 

 

 

Outside

 

 

• Your lawn should be in good shape, with no weeds or dead spots
• Keep it mowed throughout the selling process
• Edge driveways and sidewalks
• Sweep driveway and sidewalks throughout the selling process
• Trim trees and shrubs
• Remove dead limbs or bushes
• Clean outside furniture
• Touch up any exterior trim paint
• Paint your front door
• Add flowers for color
• Add a wreath to your front door
• Make your entryway inviting
• Make sure all exterior lighting is clean and functioning
• Paint the mailbox post and add a new mailbox
• Make house numbers visible
• Clean windows and screens
• Recaulk windows if needed
• Clean gutters and downspouts
• Pressure wash siding and roof

Garage

 

 

• Remove storage items from the garage. If needed, get a storage unit instead.
• Clean walls and floors. Repaint if necessary.
• Add shelves and hooks to hang larger items
• Clean garage door and windows
• Make sure garage door is in good working order

 

Kitchen

 

 

• Remove items from the counter. Either put them away or store them in a storage unit.
• Clean all appliances, counters, and sink
• Fix leaky faucets.
• Replace damaged appliance knobs
• Add new hardware to your cabinets
• Clean tile grout
• Clean the floor
• Add a new backsplash
• Update kitchen cabinets with paint or stain

 

Bathrooms

 

 

• Clean mirrors
• Clean glass
• Clean sinks, toilet, tub, and shower
• Clean all fixtures.
• Clean tile grout
• Replace shower curtain
• Replace bathroom rug
• Add new towels
• Fix faucet leaks
• Recaulk if necessary
• Add luxury items like soaps, candles, and flowers

 

Closets

 

 

 

• Declutter closets. Store extra clothing, shoes, and other items in a storage unit if necessary.
• Organize clothes and shoes to look neat and orderly
• Space clothes so that closet feels larger
• Door and drawer tracks should move freely

 

 

Other Areas

 

 

 

• Paint walls in a neutral color
• Fix doors, windows, and cabinets as needed
• Professionally clean carpets and draperies
• Replace light bulbs as needed
• Clean fireplace, including any stains on mantle
• Replace furnace filters
• Remove odors from the home
• Stage each room

 

If your home is clean and maintained, then it will sell faster. It takes a bit of time, but will be well worth your efforts.