Home Selling Resources

What to Do Before You List Your Home

There are a number of steps in the home selling process, but the most important are the tasks that you complete before you put your home on the market. Whether you own property in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, or Wintergreen Resort, you can earn top dollar for your home by making sure it looks its best before you list it. After you've completed these pre-listing tasks, work with our real estate experts to determine the best listing price.

list of home selling priorities

Prioritize Your Home Selling Goals

Make a list of the things you want to accomplish with your home sale, such as selling your home by a certain date or marketing your home to the largest audience of buyers. If you're not quite sure what your home selling goals are, ask yourself these questions to pinpoint your primary motivations:

  • Are you relocating because of a job change? Your priority may be a fast sale.
  • Are you thinking about downsizing? Your priority may be a top-dollar sale.
  • Have family circumstances changed so that you need more space? Your priority may be a fast sale and a top-dollar sale.

checklist of home improvements

Catalog Recent Home Improvements

Gather all records of major work you’ve completed in recent years including roofing, appliances, windows, doors, painting, flooring, plumbing, and remodeling. These home improvements can provide extra value to your home and increase its price. When you're ready to list your home, bring this comprehensive summary to your listing agent to discuss how much money you can expect to see at closing.

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Order a Pre-Inspection

Most people think of home inspections as home buyer tools, but a pre-inspection is invaluable for homeowners. Hiring a qualified home inspector can alert you to unknown issues that may become sticking points for a buyer. Identifying these issues beforehand gives you the opportunity to address some repairs before your home goes under contract and prevents those issues from creating doubt in the buyer’s mind about the quality and value of your property.

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Clean and Declutter Your Home

Preparing your home to sell involves taking care of general maintenance, deep cleaning surfaces and carpets, enhancing your home's curb appeal, and making your home look more spacious. You can even start packing for your future move as you're decluttering your closets, garage, or attic. First impressions can make or break a home sale in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, or Wintergreen, so make sure that your home stands out from the first day it's on the market.

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Get Rid of Unwanted Household Items

This task is essential if you're downsizing. As you're decluttering your living spaces, go through your household items and determine what you can discard. By getting rid of unwanted or unused items and mementos, you'll have much more space in your home to show off to buyers and have much less to move to your new home after you sell.

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Purchase a Home Warranty

Purchasing a home warranty as an incentive to a buyer can also go a long way toward soothing any fears a prospective buyer may have about your property (or the buying process in general). We can send you details on several home warranty plans so you have plenty of time to evaluate your options. The Chase Team can also recommend local home inspectors that are knowledgeable and experienced in inspecting homes in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Wintergreen.

It's Time to Price Your Home

After you've completed this pre-listing checklist, it's time to determine a competitive yet reasonable asking price for your property. As award-winning real estate experts, we can help you determine the best price for your home based on your recent home improvements and current market conditions in your area. Get a free home evaluation to get started, or contact us at (434) 296-9860 if you'd like to learn more about selling real estate in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, or Wintergreen.