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How to Get Your House Ready to Sell: The Ultimate Checklist

Selling your home and moving can be both exciting and stressful. Fortunately, if you know how to get your house ready to sell, it can be a lot easier. This comprehensive checklist will let you know what to do and how a great agent can help.
Selling your home and moving can be both exciting and stressful. Fortunately, if you know how to get your house ready to sell, it can be a lot easier. This comprehensive checklist will let you know what to do and how a great agent can help.

You’re ready to sell your home. Maybe you’re moving into a bigger place, or maybe you’re downsizing because your kids have grown. Either way, you want to be sure your house is ready to sell quickly and for top dollar.

Selling your home quickly for a great price is much easier with an experienced, low-cost realtor. Contact Clever today to find out how we can connect you with an agent that will give you a full-service experience for a lower price than you expect.

You probably have a lot of questions about how to get your house ready to sell. This checklist will show you all the steps you need to take and provide helpful tips along the way.

Choose a High-Quality Listing Agent

The first thing you should do is choose a high-quality listing agent to help market and sell your home. These professionals do a tremendous amount to help make your home sale a success. Not only do they help you set the price and time the market, they give you tips on photos, staging, and more.

When you do receive offers, a high-quality agent will help you negotiate and get the best offer. Best of all, when you work with a Clever Partner Agent, you pay a much lower listing commission. That means more of your profit stays in your pocket!

Paint and Do Repairs

Do you need a room to have more neutral colors, or does paint need to be touched up? This is the time to do it. Also, work with your realtor to find out what repairs and improvements would have the most impact on your sale.

Take care of those repairs and don’t be shy about hiring a professional handyman. If things look like you DIYed them, it may make buyers hesitant.

Thoroughly Clean and Declutter

Once the repairs and painting are done, it’s time to clean up. You probably know that having a pristine home is vital to a great sale, but many homeowners are reluctant to declutter as much as they should. Sometimes it’s because home sellers aren’t quite ready for the property to not feel like home to them.

However, if you’re selling your house, it’s vital that you make it feel like home to your buyer, not to you. That means any collections, pets, or quirks you have should be out of sight. Instead, make in inviting so that a potential buyer will walk in and see themselves in the home.

You may want to call in the professionals to deep clean the house and make sure everything is in top condition before you list.

Stage Your Home

Now that you’ve cleaned and decluttered, you want to set your home up beautifully to help sell it to buyers. This may mean working with a staging company to prepare your home professionally.

Even if you don’t have the resources to do professional staging, there are low-cost ways to beautify your property so that buyers can’t resist seeing themselves in it.

Don’t forget to stage outside as well! You want the landscaping, yard, and porches to look amazing at all times. People who are driving by may decide to view your home because of how it looks outside. You also want to make a great first impression to any buyers that come to see the property.

Have Professional Photos Taken

You may think that your cell phone takes great pictures, but trust us, when it comes to selling a home, professional photos are the way to go.

Work with your listing agent to have professional photos taken. They may know who you should hire, or they may be able to arrange professional photos as a part of the full-service selling experience.

So many people start their home search online that not having great photos is setting you up for a slow sale at a poor price.

List Your Home

Now that your home is ready to sell, it’s time for your listing agent to take over. They can use the photos and other marketing tools to share your listing online, in print marketing, and in person.

A full-service listing experience takes a lot of pressure off of you and your family. Not only do you not have to market your home, but you also don’t have to weed out those “just looking” from serious buyers. You’re not on call answering questions at all hours.

Of course, that doesn’t mean paying a fortune for an agent. When working with a Clever Partner Agent, you pay a flat listing fee of $3,000 or 1% if the home sells over $350,000. This can save you thousands of dollars without sacrificing any of the service you deserve.

If you’re ready to learn more about how Clever can save you money on your home sale, contact us today. We’re ready to answer all of your questions.


Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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