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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What to Do Before an Agent Lists Your Home

Listing agents prefer doing business with proactive sellers who have clean, organized homes. If they personally like you and your property, they’ll be more excited to share your house with prospective buyers. Here are some ways you can make a great first impression on your listing agent, increasing the chances they’ll sell your home quickly and for a great price.

Preparing Your Home’s Interior

First thing’s first: You need to clean your home to make it presentable for your agent and anyone they may show it to. Wipe down your kitchen countertops, vacuum and sweep the floors, and scour your bathrooms. Take care of these basic cleaning tasks so your listing agent doesn’t have to—you want them to be in a great mood when they show off the place!

In the same vein, everything should be nice and tidy so buyers believe you’ve taken good care of your place. They’re sure to look inside cabinets and closets, so take the time to organize all items inside.

Don’t Be Too Personal

Agents need to sell the idea that your house is somewhere other people will be comfortable living, which means removing your personality from the atmosphere as much as possible. Put away clippings, trophies, and knick-knacks, and take family photos off the walls and refrigerator so browsers can imagine their own loved ones in their place.

Houses also show better with minimal furniture, allowing for more open space encouraging buyers’ imagination. Move half of your furniture into storage or into a designated room in the house where it won’t be visible in listing photos. Buyers are better able to envision their life in your home when your furniture and personal items aren’t in every room.

Creating Curb Appeal

Before guests see the inside of your house, they’ll be looking at your landscape, so design one that makes them feel welcome. Trim trees and bushes in front of windows, weed, rake, and mulch your garden beds, sweep sidewalks and the driveway, put trash cans out of the way, and get rid of cobwebs. You can even set up a few flowerpots near your entryway to add more natural charm.

If you clean up your front yard, your agent will see that you put effort into getting ready for their visit, making them feel better about working with you in your house. Prospective buyers are also more attracted to homes with well-kept lawns and thoughtful landscaping.

Be Prepared

You don’t just need a real estate agent to sell your home—you need them to want to sell your home! Check these items off your to-do list to make your agent excited about working with you in your beautiful house.

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