Most sellers have a long to-do list when selling their home. To assure that no tasks are overlooked, try to incorporate these key pointers when selling a home.

Clarify Inclusions and Exclusions

To avoid last minute confusion, unnecessary disappointment and uncomfortable dissention, be sure that the items conveying with the sale of the property are clearly spelled out.  As a rule of thumb, anything that is permanently affixed to the real property is typically included. This means that if something is nailed on, screwed in, glued on, plumbed in or wired in, it stays unless it is explicitly excluded.  Also be sure to define which movable appliances, window treatments and similar items that could stay or go are precisely noted and agreed to in advance. Moreover, if a home is professionally staged, a buyer may erroneously assume that some staged furnishings are those of the seller.

Remember to Clean in Hidden Areas

Whether it’s a showing or an open house, buyers will inevitably be going through your home and potentially looking in every nook and cranny. Unlike ordinary guests, they will likely open cabinets and closets as well as refrigerators and ovens. So, be prepared by making sure everything is spotless, even the hard-to-reach high places that taller buyers may easily see.

Make Sure the Doorbell Works

While this may not seem like a huge deal, if the doorbell doesn’t work, this might lead buyers to wonder what else is broken even before they step inside. Likewise, torn screens on your storm door, cobwebs in the lights flanking the front door or an unhinged mailbox could provide the wrong subliminal message to a prospective buyer waiting to enter while their real estate agent opens the door.  So follow through and extend this attention to small details throughout the rest of the house such as replacing all non-working light bulbs and other fixtures.

Use Due Diligence in Selecting Your Real Estate Agent

Even when a real estate agent provides seller references, many home sellers fail to contact them.  Don’t make this mistake.  Take the time to check with others who can provide firsthand accounts of how your preferred agent performed, how smoothly the process went and how successful was the end result. 

Use Social Media

Make sure your real estate agent utilizes social media to promote your home. At the same time, ask your own friends to share the information about your house. The more people who share your listing with their contacts, the more people will know about the property and because of the increased exposure, the greater the likelihood that it will sell in a shorter period of time.

Selling a house is inevitably a busy time, so it is easy to let some things fall through the cracks. To avoid unwelcome delays that can result these unintentional occurrences, be sure to closely attend to even the small things.  Doing so should reduce your stress and increase the likelihood of seamless and timely sale transaction.  For additional information on how to prepare your home to sell, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs

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