Selling your home can be a lengthy process, and knowing which steps need to be taken care of before you even list your home on the market and which can wait until you are closer to moving out is a must when it comes to staying organized. Monica Novo is a Manhattan real estate agent who specializes in helping sellers navigate the intricacies of their market. She knows what buyers expect in the upscale neighborhoods of New York City, the Hamptons, and Miami. By working with her, you can ensure that your home is in the best possible condition before your potential buyers see it to create the best first impression. Here are the seven most important things before listing your home on the market!
Deep clean your home
Although you will need to tidy up frequently and clean surfaces to prepare your Manhattan townhouse or house for open houses and showings, thoroughly deep cleaning your home before listing it on the market is essential. It ensures it is ready to create the best possible first impression. This should include everything from mopping floors and wiping down walls to dusting the tops of ceiling fans, underneath furniture, and in other crevices and hard-to-reach areas, you usually do not bother with. Now is also the time to start deciding what you plan to donate instead of bringing it to your new home with you so that you have more space to keep as many necessary items as possible out of sight.
Make any needed repairs
Similarly, your potential buyers are looking for a home in good condition, not one that will require them to make dozens of repairs or condo upgrades to increase ROI. Take the time to review your home and list any functional or cosmetic problems with your floors, walls, electricity, fixtures, appliances, roof, and other areas. Make these repairs before listing your home to ensure potential buyers can tour a house that looks and functions its best. Some of the most common repairs to consider making before listing your home on the market include:
Fixing leaky faucets
Fixing any other problems with your sinks, toilet, or bathtub
Replacing broken or unattractive handles, doorknobs, and other fixtures
Having your HVAC system cleaned
Adjusting windows that do not open and close properly
Replacing screens with holes in them
Filling in gaps in your drywall
Touching up minor paint imperfections if your walls do not need a completely new coat of paint
Boost your home's curb appeal
Successfully selling your home requires considering more than the home itself, especially in nicer neighborhoods. Although your potential buyers will focus primarily on the condition of your home, residents moving to an upscale area are expected to keep the entire street looking nice. Make sure the exterior of your home and even your yard (if you have one) look their best before making it available for tours. This gives your potential buyers the best first impression of your home and its potential to match the beautiful property they have in mind.
Remove personal items
Likewise, the goal of showing your home is to help potential buyers picture themselves living there, not to remind them that you still live there. Even though it may feel too early to start the packing process, it can be a good idea to take down family photos and other decorations that are uniquely you. While many of your more basic items that would work well for a broader range of people can stay where they are, for the time being, you do not want to inadvertently make it more difficult for potential buyers to see your home as their own.
Keep your home clean
If you plan to continue living in your home throughout the sale process, it is essential to remember that you and your family are no longer the only people who will see it regularly. Although it can be easy to let things get messy once professional photos of your home are taken and posted, your potential buyers expect to see the same tidiness and cleanliness of these photos when they enter your home. A house that looks much less neat than expected may cause them to wonder if other important information was misrepresented, and significant dirtiness may make them lose interest in your home altogether.
Choose the right real estate agent
Many of these steps can feel overwhelming. Choose the best possible real estate agent to ensure the rest of the process goes as smoothly as possible. Getting your home ready to list is rarely a quick project. If you partner with Monica Novo and her team as soon as you decide to sell your home, that radically simplifies the process.