How to Prepare Your Home For Sale in Chicago
Remember the buyer’s first impression is critical
- Is the exterior paint peeling?
- Is the exterior siding in good condition?
- Does the exterior color conform to the neighborhood?
- Are the gutters and downspouts clear of debris?
- Is the lawn green, neatly trimmed and edged?
- Are the bushes trimmed, flowers planted and garden appealing?
- Are the windows clean and unbroken?
- Are the screens, missing, torn or sagging?
- Do the doors squeak or stick?
- Is there any unnecessary debris or toys in the yard?
- Is the roof, porch, deck, or stoop structurally sound and in good condition?
- Is the driveway and walkway free of ice and snow?
- Is your pool and all of the pool equipment operable?
A neutral home sells more quickly
- Are the walls off white or neutral in color?
- Are the carpets beige or tan in color?
A home in move-in condition sells more quickly
- Do the walls have scuffmarks or fingerprints?
- Do the walls have a lot of pictures that will leave marks?
- Are the carpets of an updated style?
- Have the carpets experienced wear or developed traffic patterns?
- Do the carpets need to be cleaned?
- Are the vinyl/tile floors in good condition?
- Do the hardwood floors need to be refinished?
A home should be ready for every showing
- Do the closet doors open and close easily?
- Are the closets neatly organized?
- Are the kitchen appliances and bathrooms clean?
- Has any unnecessary personal property been removed from the closets, basement, garage or any other areas of the house?
- Are the carpets vacuumed?
- Are the drapes or blinds open?
- Do all the light bulbs work?
- Are the pets put out of the way?
- Have the personal touches, such as fresh flowers on the dining table, been completed?
A home with furnishings tends to sell more quickly
- Personal belongings add to a home’s warmth and appeal. Therefore, try to sell your home when you are still living in it.
There is no guarantee of a 100% return
- The money that is spent on improving a home’s marketability will not necessarily be matched dollar for dollar in what a buyer may be willing to pay.
There is an alternative for repairs
- You can offer the potential buyer an allowance. This allows the buyer to make any changes or repairs to their preference.
The role of the listing agent is to:
- Represent the seller.
- Market your property in the most professional and efficient way.
- Know the community (taxes, schools, shopping, etc.).
- Know your home and be able to sell its assets.
- Help you determine the value of your home and establish an appropriate list price.
- Motivate the broker community thereby increasing showings.
- Submit all feedback from showings.
- Advertise and market the property on an ongoing, long-term basis.
- Provide fix-up tips.
- Submit all offers.
- Help you negotiate.
- Act as a buffer between other brokers and prospective buyers.
- Follow through on contracts.
Follow through to closing on inspections, contingencies, and mortgage commitments.