We all love the sanctuary, warmth, and security our homes provide. But at some point, it’s time to move on. Maybe you’ve found your next career, and it’s waiting for you on the other side of the country, or perhaps you just need a change of scenery — a change of pace, and a change of city. But before you can embark on your journey to a new home, there’s one big obstacle to clear: selling your house.
Selling a house is a bit more complicated than just putting a “FOR SALE” sign in the front yard and seeing who bites. There are a whole bunch of little to-dos that need to be done first when preparing for open house, and some homeowners tend to forget them. Fortunately, the things you should do before selling your house are easy to do and very beneficial. Complete these 23 steps, and you’ll have the best chance of success during open house. This will also give you the best chance of getting the most value for your property.
Pre- Open House Checklist
1. Remove Clutter
The quick pace of life means we often go blind to how our house can become cluttered, dirty, and unattractive to potential buyers. So as a first step towards freshening things up in your home, you’ll need to make some home improvements. Decluttering your home is one of the first things you should start with. This can be a difficult task at first, but there are many online resources and even professional organizers that can help you declutter. In general, you want to get rid of or effectively store the things you seldom or never use, and only keep the essential everyday items near at hand.