Today I’m bringing you part one of “10 Crucial Steps Before You List,” with the first five steps!

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There are 10 crucial steps you need to take before you list your home for sale. I’ll go over part one with the first five today.

1. Remove personal decorations. You don’t have to take down or put away everything. Little touches like a photo of your family are fine, but you want to tone down personal items and create a neutral space so buyers can envision themselves living there.

2. Get a pre-inspection. Inspections are the number one deal killer in this industry, so if you get a home inspection done before you list and repair the items, you won’t have to worry about a deal falling through after the buyer orders theirs. Also, if a buyer knows that a pre-inspection has been done and all the repairs have been made, they are way more likely to pay top dollar.

3. Clean everything thoroughly. When a house is unkempt it’s really hard for a buyer to get emotionally attached to it. If you have the money, I would recommend hiring a professional cleaning company to come in and scrub every corner of the home. If not, make sure you put in the elbow grease to really make your home shine.

4. Remove evidence of pets and kids. To sell your home quickly and for the most money you have to appeal to a larger buyer pool, which means keeping in mind that not everyone is a fan of kids or pets.

5. Replace outdated fixtures. Any brass needs to be replaced. You can get great brushed nickel fixtures without breaking the bank or spend a little more money on some designer door handles to appeal to higher-end buyers.

Stay tuned for part two to find out the last five steps you need to take before you list your home. In the meantime, if you have any real estate questions, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

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