30 Days Before Listing

Thinking about selling your house or condo? Here’s our 30-day plan to get your Park City home ready for sale:

Day 1: Change light bulbs and update light fixtures. It’s easy to forget about all the bulbs that have burned out over the years, but you want your home to be as bright as possible. Lighting makes an incredible difference to how a home looks to potential Buyers.

Day 2: Prep the paperwork: Buyers and agents are going to ask a lot of questions, so start digging out the paperwork now: utility bills, tax bills, renovation details, warranties, mortgage details, survey and rental contracts.

Day 3: Get some boxes and duct tape. A big part of the adventure you’re about to embark on involves reducing clutter.  Hire help and buy lots of boxes.

Day 4: Make an extra set of keys. Prospective Buyers and their agents will need to access your home, so you’ll need an extra set of keys.

Day 5: Tackle the bathrooms. Remove all the toiletries you have on display Invest in some new white towels. 

Day 6: Spruce up the kitchen. The kitchen is one of the rooms Buyers are most attracted to so if you’re looking to skip a room, this shouldn’t be it. Remove your everything but the espresso machine from the counters.  

Day 7: Next up: the bedrooms. The bedrooms should be inviting, and that means more cleaning and decluttering and investing in a few props. If you don’t already have one, invest in a neutral-coloured duvet cover and some new fancy pillows. Straighten the bookshelves. Remove personal photos.

Day 8: Tackle the living room. Clean the sofa and chairs and invest in some new throw pillows. Consider getting an area rug to bring the room together. Hide the magazine rack and all the clutter that has accumulated. Hide the wires from your TV/stereo/speakers.

Day 9: Make your dining room look like a place someone might actually want to eat in.  Remove the kids’ homework and the piles of stuff that have accumulated on the dining room table. Clean up the hutch. If your dining chairs have seen better days, consider getting them reupholstered. Invest in a new table cloth to hide an old table if applicable.

Day 10: De-clutter, organize and clean the walk out downstairs.

Day 11: Tackle what you can’t see: closets and storage areas. Much as I’d love to say that you can cram all the stuff you don’t want on display into your closets, the truth of the matter is that Buyers will open your closets. They’ll look in your cupboards. And they’ll judge you.

Day 12: Store vs. donate vs. throw away. 

 Day 13: The entrance. Remember that most Buyers will have an emotional reaction to your home within 15 seconds of entering it, so what they experience at the entrance is CRITICAL.

Day 14: Get rid of all the things that make your home yours. Yes store the family photos taken in Deer Valley or Park City Mountain.

Day 15: Hire your Realtor – Contact Mark Rodeheaver 435.659.8993

Day 16: Paint touch-ups and re-painting A fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest ways to freshen up your home.   White is in right now!

Day 17: Make a list of all the little repairs you may need to fix

Day 18: Get the windows cleaned. Critical for emotional feel!

Day 19: The front yard  Curb appeal matters!  HOAs are a plus here.

Day 20: The backyard  If you’re selling in the spring/summer call the gardener to trim the trees, cut the grass, stain the deck and clean the patio furniture and BBQ. If it’s winter: do your best to make it look presentable. If you have a garage: tidy it up and fix any peeling paint and the sagging roof.

Day 21: Get the carpets cleaned. Unless your carpets are brand new, you’ll want to have them steam cleaned.

Day 22: Don’t forget about the floors. Floors needs to looks new and very clean – get any scratches covered.

Day 23: The walls and doors. Call the painter!

Day 24: The final clean. By now you’re probably exhausted..time to bring in professional cleaners who take care of the rest.

Day 25: Make plans for the dog/cat/ferret/hedgehog. I love my dogs too, but prospective Buyers don’t want to see or smell any animals.  No matter what.

Day 26: Make plans for the kids and the kids stuff. No Buyer wants to look at all your kids’ toys, finger painting works – store store store

Day 27: Make your house smell good. 

Day 28: Get a pre-listing home inspection (for houses) or order the status certificate (for condos). It’s not fun to find out what’s wrong with your house or condo at the negotiating table, so arm yourself early on what to expect.  $400.

Day 29: Photography. I will take care of the photography and videography

Day 30: The final once-over.  Take one final walk through all the rooms and adjust as necessary.

Now…Don’t. Touch. Anything. Back away slowly… et voila!

Intimidated? Don’t be. We’ve helped clients accomplish everything on this list in as little as four days. If you’re in the market to sell, the sooner you hire Mark Rodeheaver to help, the better. 


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