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The Ultimate Pre-Listing Checklist

When it is time to list your home, you’ll want to highly consider a list of minor repairs and other tweaks that you can do to try and get the maximum out of your property. If you do not make a list, you might miss things that could bring down what potential home buyers are actually willing to pay for your home.

While there could be a lot of things to consider depending on the specifics of your home, here are some things that you need to definitely double check before putting up a listing for your property.

The Paint

How do the walls in your home look? If it’s been a handful of years since they’ve seen a coat of paint you should probably think about giving them a fresh coat. This is more than ever true if previous work was completed in a hurry or has obvious areas where patches were done and covered up with newer paint.

A sloppy or mismatched paint job will turn off a lot of potential buyers because they’ll probably see it as a task they’ll have to undertake as soon as they buy the house.

Roofing and Siding

While you are thinking about things that may be a big red flag for potential buyers, step outside and take a look at the siding, brickwork and roof. Even if you just have a few issues out there, to someone looking at the house, that could raise questions about leaks, insects and other issues the buyers might face in the future.

If you want to get the maximum out of your home, then it is worth replacing broken shingles or fixing bits of damage or discoloration on your home’s exterior.

Faucets and Plumbing

Leaks, drips and other plumbing issues are fairly common, and it’s easy to get used to them over time. If someone is shopping for a new home, however, a notable drip from a faucet or evidence of a leak can be warning signals.

Nobody wants to pay full price for a home if they might be facing water damage in the near future, so taking care of any leaks or leaks, as well as stains that they may have caused, is a great move to make before you list.

General Landscaping

Sometimes it’s tempting to not worry too much about the landscaping when listing your home. If the landscaping has ever been ignored, though, it may leave potential buyers wondering what else hasn’t been taken care of.

Even if you just spend a small amount of time trimming up the shrubs and getting rid of some unsightly weeds, you can make a significant difference on the first impression made to someone contemplating a purchase.

Clutter and Trash

Just as with landscaping, having clutter or other trash around can make a really bad impression when someone is looking at your home. There may be good reasons why things seem a little cluttered, but a potential buyer isn’t going to know what they are and very likely won’t bother to ask. Take the time to straighten up and get rid of the garbage before your home goes on the market.

Notable Repairs

There are a handful of other small repairs that are worth making prior to your home getting listed. Any little pieces of damage or discoloration should be evaluated to see if they can be repaired.

As you may not have the time or budget to fix everything, you should try and attempt whatever repairs you can. Your home obviously doesn’t need to be in ideal shape, but the better it looks the higher the eventual closing price will be.

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Now depending on the condition of your property, getting your home ready for listing might be a big job on top of your normal work

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