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What To Do Before Listing

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Market Pro Realty

When do I list and what do I have to do before listing. 

I often have clients indicate they wish to wait on listing their property until they have it ready.

The following questions will help determine when to list and what do I have to do:

  1. What is the urgency of your selling your property? Urgent, no real rush, whenever.... 
  2. If you have something pressing the sell of your property then the sooner the better. As for what to do, the "To Do' list is much shorter.
  3. The calmer your situation, then you can afford to delay the listing while you take care of the maintenance items that can increase the value of your home.
  4. Whenever........... on this one, the "To DO" list is much longer. Take the time to do the all of the items that will increase the value of your home to the greatest potential.
  5. You may consider the season as to when you list. Spring and Fall traditionally are the peak season of the year. Typically families considering a move will choose to move at the end of the school year which again traditionally occurs in late spring.
  6. What to do before listing. Keep in mind the progression of importance. You must have good curb appeal, what you see within 10 second of entering the front door, kitchens and baths. Before you spend money or dig into the depths of repairs and etc., do the items that have the greatest effect on the eye.
  7. Be objective when considering the items on your "To Do" list. Take a tour of your home looking through the eyes of a potential buyer. This could really change your priority of repairs and cleaning.
  8. Keep in mind, some repairs and cleaning will not effect the saleability or price of your home. Other items will greatly effect both items previously mentioned. Focus on the items that help you sell the home and increase the value.

Good luck on the sale of your home. Hope this list provide ideas that help you prepare your home for the sale.

Posted by

Larry Robison

Executive Broker

Keller Williams Realty

3105 NE 11th

Bentonville Ar, 72712



Keith Goodman
Keith Goodman - Merced, CA
Larry. Thanks for the post. I really appreciate it. Keith..
Apr 16, 2008 10:30 AM
Rick Hoel
Hilton Head Lowcountry, LLC dba Keller Williams Referrals - Bluffton, SC
Broker/Realtor, Bluffton, SC
Great list!  I'm printing it out and keeping it near.  Thanks.  Rick
Apr 16, 2008 10:34 AM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes
What I do Rick is take out a dart board post a few arbitary prices and throw a dart at it where it lands is what my sellers will think their house is worth :) Good blog
Apr 16, 2008 10:48 AM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

Troy Trumm
Apr 16, 2008 02:26 PM
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Greenville Upstate - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Welcome to Active Rain!  This is a great forum to learn and to communicate with other professionals.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you write about in the future!

Again, Welcome to the Rain.

Apr 16, 2008 03:39 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Larry,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!


Apr 16, 2008 04:17 PM
Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+

Hi Larry,

 I see you are new here on Active Rain!  Welcome Aboard.  Very nice post.  Keep up the good work and you'll see the fruit of your labor.

Apr 16, 2008 04:25 PM
Dorene Shirley
The Mortgage & Property Connection - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley Real Estate

Larry - Welcome to the Rain, make sure that you browse the site and become familiar with everything this site has to offer.  The more you browse the more you will learn.  I have found this site to be really helpful to me.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, I will do whatever I can to help.


Apr 17, 2008 12:28 AM