Putting your home on the market can be both an exciting and stressful time; after all, selling a home is often the start of a new chapter in life, but actually selling it takes a lot of work. Beyond listing the home and waiting for the right buyer, you're bound to experience a range of emotions, perhaps even a sense of hopelessness.
Depending on the market and the condition of your property, there may be a few, or many steps, involved in getting your home ready to list. With that in mind, take some of the stress out of the process by having the right tools on hand. Here are seven kinds of tools you’ll need to help get your home ready for the market.
Packing and Moving Tools
Real estate agents will often recommend decluttering your home so that potential buyers can clearly see all the features as well as the home's overall functionality and aesthetics. Thus, your best bet is to put away a host of personal items and stage your home in a manner you believe will have buyers chomping at the bit to put down an offer. Here are a few items you'll need to help declutter that messy spare bedroom and laundry room.
1. Packing Supplies
In order to organize and pack any number of household items, you'll want to gather a number of packing boxes in various sizes to transport to your new home. Some grocery stores provide free moving boxes, or you can always purchase some at home goods, shipping or moving supply stores. But beyond the boxes themselves, you'll also want to purchase sturdy packing tape, insulation (like bubble wrap, packing paper and/or packing peanuts) and plastic coverings to protect your furniture.
2. A Reliable Moving Vehicle
Once you’ve packed everything, make sure you have a reliable vehicle to move all your belongings. Now, if you’re renting a moving truck or van, make sure to test drive it before making your move and ensure it's from a reputable company. But if you plan to use your own vehicle, make sure it gets a proper tune-up, including an oil change and proper wheel alignment, before you hit the open road. Lastly, you'll also want to ensure your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread so they can handle transporting the weight of all your belongings.
3. Ample Storage Space
It's really anyone's guess with regard to how long it will take to sell your home; could be weeks, could be several months. So what are you supposed to do with all your stuff while staging your home and before you move into your new property? To protect your personal belongings and mementos from the intense Texas heat, consider storing them in a temperature-controlled storage space (a cool basement or rented storage unit, rather than a garage or hot attic).
Repair, Maintenance and Improvement Tools
In order to really market and sell your home to would-be buyers, you'll likely need to put some of your DIY skills to good use in order to fix and address some glaring but fixable issues with your home. Whether it's sprucing up your curb appeal, fixing broken roof tiles and/or buying a new HVAC system, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Of course, the tools and know-how you'll need for various small or large projects will vary, but here are some basic suggestions to get you started.
4. Cleaning Supplies
No matter the circumstance or who you are, first impressions mean a lot in life. With that in mind, think of your on-the-market home as a fancy hotel or restaurant you plan to visit. Of course, you're certainly bound to have some initial impressions based on the ambiance and decor that's on display, so why not treat your home in the same manner?
After all, the point is to sell it — not to let it have a bad reputation and sit on the market for months at a time. Thus, in order to present your home in the best possible light, you’ll want to do an initial deep clean and then have plenty of home cleaning supplies available to keep it as spick and span as possible for showings.
5. Landscaping Tools
During your formative years, you were likely taught not to judge a book by its cover, as making these one-off assumptions about someone didn't let you see them as a whole. However, the same thing shouldn't be said about your home. In fact, your home's curb appeal is one of the top reasons prospective buyers may be interested in it in the first place.
With that in mind, make sure your lawn or desert landscaping is in tip-top shape as long as the for-sale sign is in your yard. Whether you mow your own lawn or hire a professional to maintain it, having tools like a lawnmower, hedge clippers, trimmers and a leaf blower around can go a long way in making sure your home stays top of mind amongst potential buyers.
6. Basic Repair Tools
When it just affects you, it's easy to ignore small repairs and let certain inconveniences go unaddressed. But when you're putting your home on the market — and want to make sure these small fixes remain small fixes — you'll want to finally fix those loose doorknobs, broken sprinkler heads and squeaky cabinets to appease prospective buyers. Indeed, once you’ve completed a thorough assessment of your home, gather some basic supplies like a toolbox, paint brushes, gloves and various yard tools to tackle these small repairs.
Before putting your home on the market, with the help of your real estate agent, assess the steps you’ll need to take before listing it, like decluttering, cleaning and making any repairs or improvements. From there, you'll want to gather the right tools to complete these jobs. Ultimately, having the right knowledge, know-how and motivation to handle some sprucing up will no doubt take some of the stress out of a stressful situation and get you on the way to accepting a great offer.