There’s a lot to learn – and remember – when selling a house. Most professionals (and articles) will help you keep up with the biggies like home inspection, curb appeal, and staging. But just like everywhere else in life, when it’s time to sell your home, it’s the little things that get forgotten.
We have a list from Realtor.com to help keep those little things from falling through the cracks!
We’ve mentioned this before (repeatedly), but we don’t remember whether we specified to clean inside everything!
Storage is a huge selling point for homes. So be warned: Buyers are going to poke around inside closets, drawers, cabinets, ovens, refrigerators, and even the dishwasher, whether they’re cleaned or not—so you’d better make sure they are clean.
Ring the doorbell
That’s right. Ring your own doorbell. Why? Because you probably haven’t done so since you originally looked at the house. Does it still work?
If buyers see that you can’t even be bothered to repair a busted doorbell, they’re automatically going to think about what else may need fixing and view the home negatively.
Google your address
Nearly all buyers—90%—search online during their hunt for a home, according to the National Association of Realtors. You should be aware of what your online listing looks like, since it will influence the kinds of concerns buyers will have…
Also, and this may not have occurred to you, Google is not omniscient. We’ve seen cases where the arrival arrow on the map lined up with the wrong address… or no address at all! Make sure both the listing – and by extension the directions! – are accurate.
List what leaves with you
Your buyer will (or should) assume you’re taking your couch with you. But what about the antique light fixture you thrifted? Or your custom window treatments?
“The law says that anything bolted to the wall or ceiling goes to the buyer unless specifically excluded in the contract,” says Boyce. “If you want to take your flat-screen TV, chandelier, or custom pot rack, be sure to label it as soon as the house goes on the market, so that buyers don’t bank on owning that item and wind up disappointed.”