Dympna Fay-Hart
Serving Chicago Area Sellers & Buyers

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Planning to Sell Your Home Soon? Do This First

Put on your 'buyer hat' and walk through each room of your house with a notebook and a critical eye.  Make a list of all the items that need to be repaired or replaced, and also include things you can do to make your home more appealing.

Evaluate every area of your home, inside and out.  Be honest with yourself.  If you were looking to buy in your neighborhood, what would you think about your house?

For example, start in the entryway and ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your front door inviting?  Could it use a coat of paint, or perhaps a new doorknob?  Does the doorbell operate properly?  Does the lock work, and do you have keys?  How about the flooring?  Does it need repaired or replaced, or can you apply a product to restore the finish?
  • Are the walls and trim in good condition?  Do they just need a good cleaning, or should they be repainted?  If there are any 'dings' in the walls or trim, it's important to fix them.  Buyers are attracted to homes that are well-cared-for, clean, and in good repair.
  • Clean out your front entry closet so it is only about 1/2 (or less) full.  To accomplish this, pack away any out-of-season items and anything you are not using or don't need right now.  If you have coats and shoes around that you haven't worn for a couple of years, it's time to donate them to people who can make good use of them. 

Well, that's just one small area.  Repeat this process for every room or area of your home . . . inside and outside.  You get the idea.  Go through your entire house and list everything that should be done.  Then just get started, one item at a time.

Be sure to pack away all those knick-knacks and family photos and repaint all areas that are not 'neutral' in color.   De-personalizing your house is important for buyers to be able to visualize themselves living in your space.  You can bring all the family photos back out in your new home.

A good agent can be a great help with this process, and knows what needs to be done and what buyers are looking for in your neighborhood.  If you're not sure what should be done to get ready to sell, contact me.  I will be happy to get involved early in the process and provide my expert advice.