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Updated by Ruth Lerner on Jan 02, 2015
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Selling a Home: To Do Checklist

When selling a home, there are many details to remember. This is the checklist I use when I first sign a listing.

Items listed here include marketing, service and administration of a home for sale.

Agents are welcome to add their items so we can all share a complete list and better service our clients!

Ten Things to Do Before Selling A Home

This is why it is so important to make a list of things to do before selling a home and start as soon as possible. It will take some time to get your home ready for the market and the buyers that will hopefully come pouring through your door.

5 Staging Tips to Help Maximize Price and Minimize Time on the Market

First and foremost, staging does not sell a home. Hiring a real estate agent based solely on the fact that they have designations pertaining to staging, is not a well thought out business decision. Staging will however help maximize the price a home sells for and minimize the time it spends on the market.

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Complete Paperwork

Complete Paperwork

Listing paperwork includes disclosures, the listing contract and various in-house administrative tasks.

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Create Evernote and Dropbox Folders

Create Evernote and Dropbox Folders

Every client has an Evernote folder to keep information I need on hand for the listing.

Dropbox folders are used for the large files I will share with my team, including videos and pictures.

15

Send Client Checklist

Send Client Checklist

Clients need a checklist of things they must do to get their homes ready.

This also includes a list of important dates for them to mark on their calendar.

14

Obtain Keys

Obtain Keys

Remind home seller the locks have to work seamlessly.

13

Book Photographer

Book Photographer
12

List of inclusions and exclusions

List of inclusions and exclusions

I'm amazed how many times I forget to do this.

11

Tenant information, when applicable

Tenant information, when applicable
10

Questions to Management Company

Questions to Management Company

When selling in a professionally managed building

9

Obtain Condominium Documents

Obtain Condominium Documents

Make electronic copies of all the condo docs and put on Evernote for easy sharing.

8

Create Video

Create Video

My team creates a video for every listing.

7

Share Video and Pictures on Social Media

Share Video and Pictures on Social Media
6

Create and send a Just Listed card

Create and send a Just Listed card
5

Create Blog Post

Create Blog Post

Blog post includes picture gallery, video, map, and information about the property.

4

List on Multiple Listing Service

List on Multiple Listing Service
3

Book Open Houses

Book Open Houses
2

Order Beauty Sheets

Order Beauty Sheets

Beauty sheets are the brochures we give buyers at open houses and showings.

1

Prepare for Open House

Prepare for Open House

Beauty sheets, sign-in sheets, street signs, signs for the doors, etc.