So..you are finally ready to sell your house. But is your house ready for the show? Today's market is much more competitive for the seller than in the last five years. There is much more inventory on the market...so you have competition. How do you come out on top? Do you really have to take down the wallpaper, put in new flooring, de-clutter and do some updating?
It all depends. How quickly do you want to sell your house? Do you really want to sell your house at all? Call your agent and have your agent come in and really talk to you about what you might have to do to compete in today's market. A pro knows.
Then listen. Ask your agent what things generally come up in a home inspection. What can you do to make sure you trouble-shoot your house in advance? What will enhance your curb appeal?
Start getting your utility bills together so buyers will know the monthly averages. Have the HVAC checked out. Tape the statement to your furnace so the buyers will be able to see it has been recently serviced. Figure out how old the roof is, the water heater and the windows. Agents need to know as much as possible about your house to put it in its best light.
Then dig out your title insurance. If you purchased your house less than 10 years ago, the buyer may benefit by being able to get reduced rates in title insurance. Have an extra key or two made for your agent. Get copies of your plat. Put together a list of recent improvements and area amenities.
Your agent should have a list of repairmen, painters, flooring companies and cleaning services to help you out. Get windows clean, replace burnt out lightbulbs, clear out the basement, closets and garage. Have a household sale or donate items to de-clutter your home.