Five things to do be­fore sell­ing your home

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Real Estate - Reprinted from Re­al­tor Mag­a­zine with per­mis­sion of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. All rights re­served.

When get­ting ready to sell your home, there are many tasks added to your to-do list. Here are five things to not for­get:

Have a pre-sale home in­spec­tion: Be proac­tive by ar­rang­ing for a pre-sale home in­spec­tion. An in­spec­tor will be able to give you a good in­di­ca­tion of the trou­ble ar­eas that will stand out to po­ten­tial buy­ers, and you’ll be able to make re­pairs be­fore open houses be­gin.

Or­ga­nize and clean: Pare down clut­ter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-sea­son clothes, toys, and ex­er­cise equip­ment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly ar­ranged in the garage or base­ment. Clean the win­dows, car­pets, walls, light­ing fix­tures and base­boards to make the house shine.

Get re­place­ment es­ti­mates: Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be re- placed soon, such your roof or car­pet­ing? Get es­ti­mates on how much it would cost to re­place them, even if you don’t plan to do it your­self. The fig­ures will help buy­ers de­ter­mine if they can af­ford the home, and will be handy when ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gin.

Find your war­ranties: Gather up the war­ranties, guar­an­tees, and user man­u­als for the fur­nace, washer and dryer, dish­washer and any other items that will re­main with the house.

Spruce up the curb ap­peal: Pre­tend you’re a buyer and stand out­side of your home. As you ap­proach the front door, what is your im­pres­sion of the prop­erty? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly man­i­cured? Is the ad­dress clearly vis­i­ble? Are pretty flow­ers or plants fram­ing the en­trance? Is the walk­way free from cracks and im­ped­i­ments?

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