How to Prepare Your Home for Selling

October 21, 2020

It’s time and you’re ready. You’re ready to sell your house and move on to the next chapter in your life. No matter your reason for selling- whether downsizing, needing more room, job relocation, etc.- there are some simple steps you can take and adjustments you can make in order to put your house on the market in good, sellable condition. We recommend a pre-listing inspection from Jones Warren so that you’ll have a clear idea of what needs to be serviced or repaired. Some of the items on the following list are things you may already be doing or need to be doing regularly (like cleaning out gutters), so this is a good time to catch up on various responsibilities around the house. Also, some of our suggestions recommend hiring professionals for certain services, to protect you and to make sure the job is completed to industry standards. Listing your home in its best condition may cost you up front for hiring said professionals, but will mostly likely attract buyers because of the condition of your house and may even allow you to list your house at a better price. 


Here’s your go-to list of to do items before (or shortly after) listing your home for sale:

  • Clean air vents/registers

  • Change the HVAC filter

  • Make sure all light bulbs work and replace those that don’t

  • Make sure all breakers in electrical service panel are labeled properly

  • If your home has gas appliances be sure to light pilots.

  • Hire a pest control company (if you haven’t already)

  • Replace missing screws in light switches and outlet covers

  • Clean out gutters and make sure downspouts are secure and diverted away from foundation

  • Have your HVAC system serviced and cleaned by professionals

  • Make sure all toilets flush properly- call a plumbing professional for any needed repairs

  • Check that stoppers in sinks and bathtubs work properly

  • Make sure all doors open and shut properly

  • Ensure the garage doors and their safety features function properly


How to Prepare for an Inspection

Whether you decide on a pre-listing home inspection through Jones-Warren in Atlanta or wait until the buyer’s inspection, you’ll need to do a few things to prepare for the appointment. We send out a preparation email to our clients ahead of time, but here’s another look at what needs to be done, so you can get a good idea of it ahead of time--


• Take pets with you when leaving the house for a home inspection or make sure they’re secured in a kennel. The appointment will last approximately 2-4 hours. We just don’t want your fur babies accidentally escaping when we come over. 

• Cut back vegetation around perimeter of home so our inspector can easily access all exterior walls

• All utilities must be turned on so that we can turn on showers, faucets, check appliances, and test electrical components.


Remember: most inspections take between 2-4 hours to complete, so keep that in mind when scheduling the appointment


These are just a few items that can help make the inspection process easier for you and for our inspector. When we work together through preparation and inspection, the home inspection can be quick and simple. Then you’ll get specifics on what needs repair, replacement, or adjustment in your house to sell faster and hopefully for a higher price tag. If you want to know these things before listing your house for sale, schedule a pre-listing home inspection through Jones-Warren Home Inspection Services in Atlanta!



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