Seller Checklist: Tips to Help You Prepare Your Home For Sale

I have put together this seller checklist to provide you with tips to help you prepare your home for sale. Of course, this list is not all-inclusive and some items may not apply to your particular property, so if you are looking for specifics, please don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment for a free in-home seller consultation. Not only will I provide you with helpful tips, but I will also create a free real estate market analysis of your home’s current value. Today’s home buyers are looking for move-in ready properties that stand out above the competition. This seller checklist will help you see your home through the buyer’s lens.

Seller Checklist: Tips to Help You Prepare Your Home For Sale

  1. Hire an experienced, local Realtor to represent you! Finding the right agent to list your home for sale will be one of the most important decisions you make as you prepare to sell. Interview several agents and be sure to ask questions and read past Client Reviews.
  2. First impressions matter! There is a lot to be said for the curb appeal of a home and a neatly manicured yard and well maintained home is much more appealing to potential home buyers. These days, many buyers will be “judging” your home online before they ever decide to view the property in person. Focus on creating an inviting and attractive home.
  3. Organize and declutter your home. Remove personal items (family photos, special momentos, anything of sentimental value or importance), sort and organize closets and cupboards and pack or store anything that is not being used on a daily basis. Your plan is to move or you wouldn’t be listing your home for sale, so think of this task as a timesaver and an eventual necessity…you are just getting a headstart! It is important for potential home buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the home! Create open spaces with smooth flow between rooms. Less is definitely more and helps create the impression of spaciousness.
  4. Neutralize your space! One of the first things buyers tend to notice is paint and color! Brand new paint on the exterior adds to the curb appeal and brand new interior paint can also have a big impact on buyers who are looking for a move-in ready property. Be sure to select neutral colors that coordinate with existing flooring, cabinets and counters. If the latest trend is gray toned walls, but everything else in your home leans towards brown tones, then it is best to select a neutral color in the beige or “greige” family rather than a straight gray tone.
  5. Walk through your home with your “buyer’s hat” on and look for any areas of deferred maintenance that need to be addressed. Loose door and cabinet handles, squeaky hinges, broken electrical plates, dirty air filters, dirty windows, etc. Presentation is everything and it is important to recognize areas of potential concern to buyers and correct those (if possible) before listing. Complete any unfinished projects and if you don’t have the time or ability, hire a handyman or other licensed professional to do the job quickly and correctly.
  6. A neat and tidy home can make all the difference, but it also has to be sparkling CLEAN and free of odor!! If you have pets, it is best to have someone else (not already living in the home) come over and do a “smell test” to see if they can detect any pet odors. When we live with our pets day in and day out, we often become immune to their presence. Some of the most critical areas to clean are the kitchen (including the interior and exterior of all appliances – buyers will look), bathrooms should shine, floors, baseboards, blinds and cabinets should all be cleaned thoroughly. It may be worth your money to invest in a professional cleaning service prior to listing and also have your carpets (if any) properly cleaned and any visible stains removed. If the carpets are at the end of their life, it is often wise to invest in brand new carpeting (keeping any current pets off the new carpeting) as many buyers are very sensitive to stained/dirty carpeting and would much prefer brand new or like-new carpets.
  7. Keep your home clean from the time of listing (and photography) all the way through the final closing. There are several other visits to your home that will be required during the home sales process including home inspectors, termite inspectors, appraisers, final walkthrough etc. Maintain the property at all times up until the very day of closing, this includes leaving all utilities turned on in your names until after the property has closed and recorded!
  8. Ask questions! Don’t be afraid to ask your Realtor questions along the way! Your real estate professional will be a constant resource to you throughout the home selling journey, so don’t hesitate to rely on their knowledge and expertise! If you aren’t sure what to do, just ask!

If you are thinking about selling your home in the East Valley of Phoenix Arizona , then please give me a call today at 480.220.1321 or send me a quick email! Real estate doesn’t have to be difficult! I will make the process as easy and painless as possible so you can enjoy your next real estate adventure! Have a house to sell first? No problem! I’d be happy to provide you with a FREE market analysis of your home’s current value and give you some additional suggestions to help you sell quickly and for top dollar!

I am an experienced, local Realtor serving the areas of Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek and the surrounding communities in the East Valley. It would be my honor to assist you on your real estate journey and help you to navigate the process of buying and selling Arizona Real Estate. From start to finish, I will be there to support you, answer your questions and calm your nerves at times too!

Keely Semon, Realtor®
East Valley Real Estate Specialist
United Brokers Group




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