I often work with home organizing clients in the process of decluttering a home to prepare it for sale. In addition to decluttering, there are many steps a home owner must make to get a home market ready. One way to stay organized and keep on top of the many tasks needed to complete is to create a punchlist to prepare your home for sale.
Steps to Creating a Punchlist to Prepare Your Home for Sale
Walk Through Your Home
Walk through each room in your house and look closely at everything. Look for spaces that need decluttering, painting, carpets that should be replaced, furniture that should be removed, doorknobs or cabinet hardware that need an update, light bulbs to replace, etc.
Ask for Help from a Realtor, Home Stager, or Professional Organizer (or all 3)
As professionals, we can give you a better idea of what needs to be done to make your home stand out on the market.
Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Many people have the home inspection done when the sale is contingent. If you hire a home inspector to look at your home before it goes up for sale, you will be able to repair items in advance, and you’ll be aware of anything that may lower the value of your home.
Make a List Divided into Categories
Rather than room-by-room, create a punchlist based on categories, this is especially helpful if you’re going to hire outside help. Categories can include yardwork, exterior repairs, interior repairs, painting, flooring, items to sell or donate, decluttering, cleaning, staging, etc.
Contact and Schedule Professionals to Assist
If you can’t do it all yourself, you will need to hire help and coordinate the schedules of these professionals. You may want to hire handymen, roofers, window installers, pressure washers, painters, carpet or floor installers, landscapers, professional organizers, home stagers, house cleaners, or junk removal services.
Give a Specific Category of the Punchlist to the Proper Home Service Provider
This helps to make sure no task is forgotten. Remember to talk to the home service provider about your timeline for putting your home on the market. It is best to start with this punchlist early, so you’re not rushing to get everything completed in a short time.
Lists help to make our lives easier, and since moving is one of life’s most stressful events, I highly recommend keeping a running punchlist. This list will make the process of moving much easier to handle.