Getting Your House Ready To Sell Checklist

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix

If you are reading this article, then odds are, you are looking to get your house ready to sell soon enough. The first step usually is to find an experienced licensed real estate agent that will help guide you through the home selling process of your house. This will include helping you find professionals who can help get your house ready to sell. Along with this, your real estate agent should walk your house with you to give you suggestions on what to do.

One important thing to understand and realize is that not all real estate agents are the same. Many agents are newer or part-time. There is a stat that says that roughly seven percent of agents sell ninety-three percent of the houses, and ninety-three percent of the agents sell only seven percent of the houses. This means you have a better chance of finding a real estate agent who is not that productive.

When it comes to getting your house ready to sell, make sure you find one of the best local real estate agents in your market. They will have the skills and experience that you will need to help sell your home. They know how to properly market and advertise your home and find potential buyers when selling your home.


How Do I Get My House Ready To Sell In 30 Days?

You will first want to walk inside and outside of your house to see what needs to be done. You will want to make a list of what needs to be fixed, replaced, thrown away, sold, packed away, and given to charity. Once you have your list created, you will need to want to divide it into a few different groups. The first two groups will be inside and outside. Then you will want to decide on what you can do yourself and what you will need to outsource to professionals. Finally, you will take these lists and divide the work into four weeks to assure it is done by the time you are ready to list your home.


Week One Checklist

The very first week you should focus on the outside of the house by getting the curb appeal looking amazing. This is commonly the first thing your potential buyers see. Common areas a property owner can improve when it comes to curb appeal are the trim, front door, light fixtures, and front yard landscaping.

By working on the curb appeal, you will give your landscaping some time to grow back lush and trimming it up.

Week Two Checklist

The week two checklist is all about opening up space in your house and in each room. You will want to divide and conquer your decluttering by room and by type. You can use different color tape to help you separate each group. You will want to separate them into these groups:

  1. Storage - these will be items you want to keep and move with you to your next house.
  2. Donations - These items should be worthy of being sold vs thrown away. Charities do not need garbage to dispose of.
  3. Selling - You will be able to sell things at a garage sale or on apps like OfferUp.
  4. Throwing away - These items have no value to keep, sell, nor donate.


Week Three Checklist

Week three checklist is about fixing up and completing repairs. This could include painting and patching. Keep in mind when you sell your home, you do not want to have issues getting it sold nor issues arising during the home inspection. This is why it won't hurt to hire a professional home inspector on the front end to give you a list of items to repair.


Besides doing repairs, you will want to fix up your house. This will include installing new light fixtures, faucets, door hardware, cabinet hardware, and even new flooring or granite countertops. Check with your real estate agent if certain upgrades will help sell your house faster and or for more net profit. There is a science to sell your home as you can imagine.


Week Four Checklist

Now that you have decluttered, fixed, and improved the value of your house, the next thing would be staging your house. This can include just moving furniture around, buying, or even renting some additional furniture to help with selling your home.



The above checklists will help get your home ready to sell. Many home sellers do not realize the amount of work it takes to get your house sell ready. Selling a home is not easy, and there is work in getting your real estate ready to sell and then properly marketing it and conducting the negotiations. Each real estate market is different. When you list your home, the realtor should be able to tell you if you are in a buyers' or sellers' market. You will want to make sure you hire the right agent to help you through the entire processing of selling your home.

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