10 Things Before You List

before you list

Thinking about moving? While you may have long been able to overlook some of the downsides to your home, buyers on the hunt for their dream home may not be able to do the same. If you can’t quite remember the original color of the basement carpet or if you’re not sure if some of your decor is so old it’s back in, here are a few ways you can help improve the look of your home.

10. Find your papers.

While you don’t need to have everything, certain documents can help in the long run. Find the operating manual for the HVAC, any notes on paint colors, and any warranties that may be applicable.

9. Get estimates.

Is your furnace older than your first-born? Are the shingles starting to curl? While you may not need to fix anything immediately, knowing the cost of any repairs may help you to have an edge in negotiations.

8. Curb Appeal is key.

Ensure that potential buys won’t drive by and keep driving! Make the outside of your home so inviting they have to see it!

7. Declutter!

The rooms in your home should look open and spacious, so get rid of anything that isn’t essential to your day-to-day life.

6. Your house. Their house.

In order for buyers to see your house as their house, you need to remove anything that is overly personal. Your house needs to be neutral enough for them to envision their belongs in your space.


While this may seem obvious, it is necessary to ensure your house is clean. Really clean. Potential buyers will be scrutinizing your home. Don’t let the dust bunnies drive them away.

4. Landscaping is important, too.

Take an afternoon and tackle the honey-do list. Remove any dead branches from trees, pull weeds, and fix the crack in the driveway.

3. Hide the pets.

While you may love Rover and his constant drooling and need for attention, most people won’t.

2. And, maybe the kids, too.

Well, not really, but be sure to repair any kid-related damage to the house. Thank you magic erasers! Now may be the time to pack away all non-essentials, like Legos, until after the house is sold.

1. Take a deep breath… 

And hire a professional.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about listing your house and answering any questions you may have about the process. Please call 507-208-2246 or email us at info@wightmanbrock.com with further questions or to set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

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