Those who have never had a home for sale before often think that selling is as simple as hiring a real estate agent and putting a sign in the yard. Believe me, it’s not that simple, as you’ll soon discover!

The Interior of Your Home

You’ve taken care of the exterior of your home for sale-the first up-close impression buyers get.  So, when buyers make it inside, they’re one step closer to actually buying your home.  However, if the interior is a mess, this could blow the entire plan to get your home SOLD.

Here’s a checklist to make the interior of your home is buyer-ready:

  1. Make sure the front door doesn’t stick
  2. Test windows to ensure they open and close easily
  3. Wash windows inside and out
  4. Move pets and pet supplies to a temporary home
  5. Fix leaky faucets
  6. Home Sellers Check List 300x296 Charlotte Home Seller Preparation ChecklistUpdate fixtures on your cabinet hardware and door knobs
  7. De-clutter closets and cabinets (yes, buyers WILL open them!)
  8. Replace or repair cabinet doors
  9. Clean or replace dirty or worn grout
  10. Wash the walls if you’re not repainting
  11. Repair cracks or holes in the wall
  12. Paint walls a neutral color
  13. Remove personal items, such as knick-knacks and personal mementos
  14. Clean the fireplace
  15. Have the chimney professionally cleaned
  16. Remove clutter from countertops, tables and shelves
  17. Steam clean the carpets
  18. Scrub all appliances
  19. Clean cobwebs and dead bugs from light fixtures and ceiling fans
  20. Make sure every light has a working bulb
  21. Degrease the stove and oven
  22. De-clutter and clean the attic and the basement
  23. Clean out your garage – do not fill the garage with moving boxes-buyers tend to think that you don’t have enough storage space when the garage is filled to the brim.  Rent a storage unit!
  24. Make sure crawl spaces have crawl space waterproofing
  25. Remove excess furniture
  26. Rearrange remaining furniture in good proportion (Or hire a home stager)
  27. Clean the window treatments
  28. Replace broken panels for electrical switches and outlets
  29. Wipe down baseboards
  30. Clean and wax linoleum floors

While each of the Charlotte homes for sale is unique, with different selling points and selling problems, this list is a good start for any home.  If you’re ready to sell your home, I can help. Call me or email me for more information.

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