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By Loriann M. Harrison | Agent in Pembroke Pines, FL

Home Sellers’ Pre-List Checklist

Even if you are fortunate enough to live in a seller’s market like Broward County, FL, you still need to make sure your home is in tip-top shape so it can compete with other properties on the market.  As an experienced listing agent in Broward County, I’ve compiled a “to-do” list for sellers to complete before their home hits the market.

§  Fresh paint – this makes a world of difference.  I recommend neutral tones for the walls, off-set with white trim.

§  Speaking of trim - make sure it’s bright and polished looking.  Don’t forget about the exterior finishes as well; mailbox, garage doors, etc.

§  Flooring – If your carpeting is in good condition, professional steam cleaning should be sufficient.  Otherwise, replace it; even consider upgrading to a fashionable wood or laminate; these are in demand with home buyers now.  If you have hardwoods, then I recommend refinishing to make them look like new again.

§  Landscaping – Keep lawn mowed and fertilized, prune the shrubs and trees, plant some new flowers, add mulch, and get rid of those weeds.  Curb appeal is the first thing buyers notice when they visit a property.

§  Outdoor fixtures – Replace, repair, or repaint any part of your fence and/or gate that needs some TLC; also consider new exterior door handles and light fixtures to add sparkle and freshness.  While you’re at it, take a look at your patio and screen enclosure.  Replace broken tiles, power wash and seal if necessary, and replace any screens that have holes in them. 

§  Interior fixtures – Replace any missing knobs or damaged handles, and tighten the screws on any loose cupboards, doorknobs, rails, etc. If it doesn’t open or close properly, fix it now; buyers love to open closets & drawers and deferred maintenance can be a price reducer in the buyer’s mind.

§  “Squeaky” Doors – Buyers won’t notice when a door doesn’t squeak, but they will definitely notice if it does.  Invest in some WD-40 and spray down those door hinges.  This goes for bedroom doors, closet doors, bathroom doors, etc.

§  Faulty HVAC – Want to know the best way to scare a buyer?  Show them a home with a faulty HVAC system.  The truth is, maintenance on these systems is not that expensive, especially when you compare it to the expense of other major home repairs.  However, the thought of replacing an HVAC can be very intimidating to a buyer, either because they fear the expense or because they just don’t want to deal it.

§  Replace your Light Bulbs – Bright homes appear more cheerful and inviting…and they just show better.

§  Clean your windows – let in the sunlight!

§  Remove any boxes, clutter, or excess furniture – It’s not at all uncommon for sellers to rent a storage unit while listing their home for this very reason.

§  Clean – If you’re exhausted from completing all of the above, hire a professional cleaning company.  But whether you do it yourself or pay someone else, make sure the job is done well.  A dirty home will completely undo all of your other hard work.

If you are searching for an experienced Realtor in Broward County, FL, contact Loriann Harrison.  She is a trusted resource with the answers to your home selling questions.  Her experience selling SW Broward County, FL real estate gives her the ability to prepare successful and customized marketing strategies.  She also has unparalleled negotiating skills to offer you support to the closing table and beyond.

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