The Ultimate Home Seller's Checklist!

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Home Inspector with US Inspect

There are many resources out there for preparing the home for sale and making open houses as welcoming as possible. There are even popular television shows like, Designed to Sell, which help home sellers learn about staging techniques. But this checklist is a unique guide for home sellers and their agents about ways to prepare the home for the inspection. Addressing these items can make inspections smoother for all involved.

Here's our most recent featured content in the print library in our Agent Resource Center. Feel free to add your logo and use in your marketing!

Ultimate Home Seller's Checklist - Getting the House ready for the inspection

Posted By: Chrissy Doremus, U.S. Inspect Blog

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  3. Kevin Guttman Colorado Home Loans 03/08/2012 10:56 AM
  4. Norma Toering 04/23/2012 01:04 PM
  5. Charles Stallions 05/21/2013 05:44 PM
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Rainmaker
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL

I agree, most sellers will not read a book. I have a 15-20 minute DVD, and am not 100% certain they even consider watchnig it. Thanks!

March 08, 2012 04:41 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

We have a simple check list down here. Live free for 3-5 years, then take the cabinets, countertops, a/c units and leave the place trashed.

March 08, 2012 04:44 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
US Inspect - Chantilly, VA
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections

Ah, Winston...maybe you need this one ;-) 

http://www.usinspect.com/blog/inspecting-foreclosed-homes

March 08, 2012 04:48 AM #9
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

WOW!
I'm impressed. . at your company's marketing savvy

I'll  check it out 

Thank you. .

 

March 08, 2012 04:49 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Great checklist and very nice that it can be customized. And I got a good chuckle out of Winston's comment too! Thanks for sharing this helpful document!

March 08, 2012 04:52 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
US Inspect - Chantilly, VA
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections

Thanks Fernando! I'm very proud of my library--thanks for saying so!

Yes, Charlie, that's the best part--so feel free to try the customize feature!

March 08, 2012 04:53 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Chrissy, I appreciate your post and will reblog it. Thanks and have a great day!

March 08, 2012 04:55 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Chrissy,

I have tried and tried to get sellers to have a pre listing inspection with very little success.

Have any marketing tips for me.

Have a good day.

Best, Clint mcKie

March 08, 2012 04:55 AM #14
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Joan Congilose
RE/MAX Central (732)232-5277 - Manalapan, NJ
CRS, CDPE, Top Producer Marlboro, Manalapan Homes

Hi Chrissy, Thank you for sharing this link. I checked it out and will definitely be using the free resources

March 08, 2012 05:09 AM #15
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Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~
US Inspect - Chantilly, VA
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections

Clint--Pre-listing inspections, while a GREAT idea, are still a pretty tough sell. Resources like these are a different way to share our expertise and knowledge with sellers.

My "marketing" philosphy is based on our company Guiding Principles, one of which is to "Create a community of knowledge and never stop learning and sharing our knowledge." I used to tutor in college and the first thing I always said was, don't work and study for the grade, work to gain the knowledge and the grades will come. We genuinely want to educate and inform those in need of our expertise, and consider it a privealge to work for every client who as a result of how we do business chooses U.S. Inspect.

As far as working with more sellers, well pre-listing inspections are still a good idea, but never underestimate the power of an excellent inspection. When you do your job so well that it's memorable, when you treat the home with the utmost respect, are neat and clean, well spoken and polite--well when it comes time for a seller to have their inspection on their new home you just might be the most recent person to have impressed them in the industry. 

March 08, 2012 05:14 AM #16
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Bruce Bachtel
Keller Williams Realty - Greenville, SC
Greenville SC Real Estate

Hi Chrissy, thank you for sharing the docs online!!! I have downloaded a few and will use them in our marketing.

March 08, 2012 05:29 AM #17
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Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Century 21 Bradley.

Wow!  What a great list and great info!  Thank you!                                                                                

March 08, 2012 06:29 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Edward & Celia Maddox
Solutions Real Estate - Queen Creek, AZ
We Take The High Road

Thanks for sharing the home seller check list.  Best Regards,

March 08, 2012 06:52 AM #19
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Chris Lewis
Gracious Living Realty - Front Royal, VA
Front Royal VA Home Sales

Thanks for sharing this great resource.  I will certainly take you up on the offer to use in in my own business.

March 08, 2012 07:30 AM #20
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Kevin Guttman Colorado Home Loans
Fairway Mortgage Corp. - Colorado Springs, CO
Top Mortgage Originator

Chrissy,

This is quite an extensive list!

Thanks for sharing it!

Have a great day!

Kevin

March 08, 2012 10:55 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Curtis Van Carter
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, Yountville Napa Valley - Yountville, CA
Napa Valley's Broker Extraordinaire in Yountville

Chrissy

I have been on AR blogging regularly since last Oct. But almost every few days I learn something new to check out. Thanks for pointing out this library. cheers cvc

March 08, 2012 12:16 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

This is very helpful to have.

I'll make a note and I can send it out to clients.

March 08, 2012 05:04 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Chrissy, thanks for another great flyer.... consider it printed!

March 08, 2012 06:02 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Chrissy, coming from a quality background, I love checklists.  Thanks for sharing this very useful one.

March 08, 2012 07:49 PM #25
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Norma Toering
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area

I love a good common sense list and this is a nice one every seller should see before putting their house on the market.

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