Basic Elements of Preparing Your Home Before a Listing Appointment

Before you list your home, & even before your initial listing appointment, it's a good idea to at least get a start on the exterior of your home preparations. With anything in doubt, be sure to ask your listing agent, whether in advance of the listing appointment or at the appointment.



Image courtesy American Real Estate Media at a former listing of mine


This advanced preparation is especially true if aerials or other exterior photos are being done at the 1st appointment & the seasons are changing for the worse in terms of your property's aesthetic appearance. In some cases this concept is true even if your property is changing for the better by season in more rare cases, i.e. being able to see waterfront more clearly when there are no leaves in trees in between your home and a body of water and it's Winter now while you plan to list in the Spring.


Keep in mind the factor of time regarding any preparations for your home. If you only have time to take care of exterior items before a listing appointment, and the season is changing for the worse, focus on exterior items first if your agent will be taking aerials or otherwise arranging aerials, even if it means that your interior will have plenty of to dos at the time of the listing appointment that you're already aware of.


Preparing your list

Before you do anything, make a list of issues that you're already aware of in the exterior and interior. After you've made that list, go through the interior and exterior thoroughly, and see if there are any other issues. Look out for corrosion, such as rust, wood rot, and leaks. Look out for safety hazards, such as exposed wires, soft flooring, & falling hazards.

If you'd like help with your list, a home inspector is one resource, and an agent is another, though the inspector will typically be able to identify more issues than your agent can, and will typically go in places where your agent won't go (i.e. crawlspaces). If you do get a home inspection, and plan to take care of a lot of the items in the inspection, it can actually help your sale if you get the inspector to come back and then produce a new inspection (typically with a reinspection fee of a lower amount than the initial inspection) that you can present to buyers at the time you list, visible to agents on MLS.

DIY or Contractor/Cleaner?

Selecting Contractor(s)/Cleaners

Inspecting Work

Selling As Is

Ask Your Agent

Checking Your Work Right Before Important Times Starting with Your 1st Listing Appointment

Consider Storage Space

Preparing Your Exterior

Preparing Your Interior


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