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The Ultimate Checklist Before Selling Your House in 2023

Selling your home can be a wild and emotional journey, like a rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of the real estate market. One moment you’re feeling on top of the world, ready to list your home and receive multiple offers, and the next moment you’re questioning every design choice you ever made.

But don’t worry, the Hummel Group is here to make the ride a little smoother. With our comprehensive checklist, we’ll be your trusted guide, keeping you on track and making sure you don’t tilt. Who says selling a house has to be all seriousness and stress?

Checklist for Listing Your Home

There are many things to cross off your home seller checklist before your home even goes on the market, despite your temptation to go selling your house “As Is” and without improving the property first. Before listing your house on the market, take care of these things to make sure you get the best price.

Selling a Home “As Is” in Georgia

While it can beneficial in some situations to immediately sell your home in its current state, if you have the time and energy to get the most out of your investment, then it will probably much more profitable to list it properly and to do the necessary repairs first. How much do you lose selling a house “As Is”? This depends on many factors like the real cost of repairs and the labor involved, but in our experience, selling a house “AS IS” in Georgia typically reduces the value by around 20%.

Find the Right People

It takes a lot of work to sell a house. Finding the time to market, repair, and stage your house could be too much, after checking off everything on your home seller’s checklist. To sell your house and gain market knowledge, working with an experienced Realtor sets the difference in this field. Since you’ll be collaborating directly with this real estate professional, it’s important that you have confidence in their knowledge and experience. The ideal agent is one who has a track record of success selling houses in your community. At Hummel Group, you can ensure that you have a partner that you can rely on, to provide the highest degree of service, every step of the way.

Understand the Value of Your Home

Knowing your price is the next step in the listing process. Before giving a price for your home, you need to conduct a comparative marketing analysis (CMA) to know your home’s value, and working with your Realtor will help you a lot at this stage.

Comparing your home to others in the area is just one part of calculating your home’s value. When comparing, consider your home’s age, square footage, amenities, upgrades, and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Consider your reason for selling the property as well. Hummel Group can give you all the key information you need to get the best price for your home.

Prepare Your Home

Preparing your home is crucial to a successful sale. This step includes repairs, renovations, and decluttering.

Before making any repairs, consider getting a pre-sale home inspection to know what exactly needs to be done. If the only thing you need are minor repairs, it’s a great way to channel your inner handyman (or handywoman) and show off your DIY skills. Think of it as a game of home improvement whack-a-mole, and every time you fix something, you’re one step closer to a successful sale. If you are afraid that you may cause more damage than repair, you can trust Hummel Group in finding skilled contractors that can help you make the right move.

Declutter, organize, and clean the interior before your potential buyers go in. You might call it “organized chaos,” but let’s be real, it’s just a fancy term for messy. If you’re selling your house, it’s time to say goodbye to your clutter and hello to a clean and tidy abode. And more to that, touch up the paint on walls or ceilings if needed, wipe out any grease and mold, or eliminate the clouds of dust with your vacuum cleaners. Think of it as a spa day for your house, it’ll thank you for it and buyers will love it.

Focus on Curb Appeal

As they say, “first impressions last.” Your curb appeal is like you on your first date. It needs to be attractive. Don’t be that house on the block with the questionable driveway and overgrown bushes. Put in some elbow grease and spruce up the outside of your home. A little landscaping can do wonders. Paint the front door, create perfect symmetry, install outdoor lighting, do a mailbox makeover, upgrade the railing, and dress up the driveway. After all, you want potential buyers to be wooed before they even step foot inside.

Get Ready for Home Staging

Home staging is all about making your house look its best for potential buyers. Think of it as a dating app profile for your home — you want to put your best foot forward and show off all its features. Channel the interior designer in you and give your home a makeover. If you don’t have a keen eye for interior design, Hummel Group will be your lifesaver. Let our real estate agents do their magic in designing your home and preparing it for the show.

Review Listings and Start Showings

It’s time to get your listing up and ready for potential buyers once your house is in top shape for showings. The first thing you need to do is to start getting professional photographs taken for your home listing. Make sure the listing images present your home in the best possible light and take the time to confirm that all the information in your listing is accurate. Confirm what marketing channel will be used for the listing–will it be online, offline, or both?

Keep Your House “Show Ready”

Maintaining your house in the greatest possible condition is crucial once you’re ready to begin hosting showings. You’ll be able to provide a positive first impression on prospective buyers and raise your chances of making a sale by keeping your property neat, tidy, and prepared for showings. Make the bed daily and take the trash out often. Make it a habit to clean up and organize every night, and make sure your things are always neatly tied up so you can easily remove them when a buyer views the property–including the laundry. Keep your lawn cut, gardens maintained, and walkways clear. Make some arrangements for your family members, kids, or pets. Make sure they have somewhere else to go when showing the house.

Stay Updated

Make regular contact with your Realtor. Additionally, you should keep an eye out for any activity, like a potential buyer or an offer. Following up by asking your agent for any feedback they may have, either from themselves or the buyer’s agent, is a smart idea. Decide the pricing range and contract terms you are willing to accept. By doing this, you can hasten the bargaining process in the future. Consider every aspect of the offers, such as the purchase price, the closing date, and stipulations.

Be Patient

It’s not a given that your house will sell quickly, even in a seller’s market. Starting to get bids could take weeks or even months. Everything is dependent upon the features of your house, market demand, and ultimately, the listing price. The best course of action is to exercise patience while your house is on the market. Inform your real estate agent of your expectations, but be willing to make adjustments (such as price reductions) that might hasten the sale of the home.

Selling your house is a major choice, and often a drawn-out process. Our experts at Hummel Group can help you navigate the process from start to finish, maximizing your sale and reducing your time on the market. We are always ready to help you in Marietta and Metro Atlanta, Georgia. After all, selling your house can be a stressful process, but with the right team by your side, you’ll be breezing through it in no time.