Once you have decided to sell your home, it is never too early to start planning and preparing your home for the market. Once a home is on the market, you never have a second chance to make that first impression with a potential buyer. Therefore, upfront preparations are the key to getting a home in top selling condition!
An important part of the listing agent’s job is to tour your home and suggest repairs and updates that will help the property sell faster and for more money. Realtors are also experienced at recognizing certain items that will be a red flag for inspectors and appraisers, who are key players since those are the 2 main contingencies on which buyers can walk away from a transaction. Additionally, your agent has likely been touring homes with buyers for many years and has a good feel for how buyers will react to certain features of a home.
A Realtor’s “punch list” will include recommended upgrades that will affect the list price and increase the price that a potential buyer would be willing to pay. This list can also include items that help to “de-personalize” the home – to create a wider appeal. Finally, the list will include repair items that will inevitably show up in the inspection phase or that affect the disclosures about property condition.
Often, sellers seeking their realtor’s advice about prepping the home are overwhelmed with the response. Sometimes the “punch list” can make a seller feel depressed about their home’s condition or offended about their personal décor or color choices. Realtors are sensitive to this! At the end of the day, we are all on the same team and we have the same goal – to get your home sold as quickly as possible for the highest possible price.