4 Things You Need To Do Before Listing Your Home For Sale

From start to finish, it can take several weeks, and sometimes even months, for you to go through the complete process of selling your home. The reason for this is because you may need to update or renovate your home before you even list it, not to mention the fact that finding a buyer and closing can take some time. Back to updates and renovations, what types of repairs might you need to make on your home prior to putting it on the market?

1. Improve the Exterior

One of the first things that you'll want to inspect/update is the exterior since this is the first thing that potential home buyers will see when they arrive at your home. This can involve anything from inspecting the siding, roof and various other outside components that may need repairs or updates to improve the chances of selling the home to landscaping work, such as removing shrubs or trees that may be dying or already dead. If the current paint is chipping or fading, a fresh coat may be necessary.

2. Inspect the Floors

Regardless of the type of flooring that your home has, such as carpet, hardwood floors, etc., you will want to ensure that it is in good condition. With carpet, you will want to replace any area where the carpet is overly dirty or frayed. If a good shampooing can clean the carpet, then replacement is not necessary. With hardwood floors, a good cleaning and wax is recommended.

3. Check the HVAC System

If you have central A/C and heat in your home, then it is very important that you take the time to make certain that it is properly working before listing your property for sale. In other words, you should ensure that your HVAC system easily starts and emits an even amount of cool/warm air throughout your home.

Ideally, you should have a professional inspect your HVAC system annually. Moreover, you should have it inspected, and any necessary repairs performed, prior to listing your home.

4. Inspect the Electrical and Plumbing Systems

Your home's electrical and plumbing systems can make or break a deal on your home, so it is crucial that you ensure that your home has safe wiring, adequate water pressure, up-to-date fixtures, etc. If you can, the repairs can be done on your own. Otherwise, make sure to call in a professional to ensure that everything is done up to code (and safely!).

If you're ready to say "sell my home," contact your local real estate agent.