Share With Your Realtor Partners – Seller Pre-Listing Checklist

Posted by on November 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

I shared my simple checklist years ago, but since the information is still relevant and valuable, I thought it would be beneficial to share again.   Sometimes we just need to go back to the basics and back to information we learned at the start of our careers.  This is great information to share with your Realtor Partners.  It’s an additional way to further enhance your credibility and set you apart as their Home Staging Expert, who is committed to a successful and valuable partnership.

Although the checklist is best utilized prior to the house being listed for sale, providing this information after the house has been listed will still greatly benefit both the Real Estate Agent and the Seller.  So, if you have Realtor Partners with existing listings (hopefully they have a large inventory of listings), I would recommend reviewing these items and getting this checklist to them ASAP.  It could make the difference between a hassle free, sold property and a stagnant, unsold listing.

 Sellers Pre-Listing Systems

Sellers don’t typically check to make sure the HVAC unit is working properly or check to make sure their home is structurally sound.  Typically they’ll wait until the Home Inspector checks the mechanical or structural items during the Home Inspection.  Although, the Seller is probably not qualified to check all the systems in their house, they can definitely avoid potential problems and reduce costly surprises by doing just a few simple checks prior to putting the house on the market.

- Check all cabinets and closet doors to make sure they open and close properly.

-  Make sure your refrigerator door closes properly and tightly.

-  Check refrigerator and freezer temperatures.

-  Check all faucets and plumbing for leaks or drips.

- Flush toilets to make sure the tank is emptying and filling properly.

- Check commode to make sure seat and tank are securely installed.

- Check all electrical outlets, including exterior outlets.

- Check all light switches, including exterior switches.

- Turn on the AC Unit, even if it’s extremely cold outside, to make sure it’s working properly.

- Turn the Heating Unit on, even if it’s extremely hot outside, to make sure it’s working properly.

- Thoroughly inspect all ceilings, floors, and walls for cracks, moisture, mold or wood rot.

- Test smoke detectors.

- Check air vents and clean as necessary.

- Check operation of the washer and dryer.

- Check garbage disposal.


MEET PAIGE EARLES (PEARLE) OWNER OF PEARLE STAGING & DESIGN, LLC Paige is a passionate, dynamic, entrepreneurial executive with a 20+ year record of achievement and demonstrated success driving multi-million dollar sales growth and providing award-winning sales leadership. For the past 18 years, Paige has been working within the real estate industry. In 1994, she entered the business as a Realtor with Prudential Pride Properties, where her performance placed her in the top 6% nationally among all the sales associates within the Prudential Real Estate Network. In 1997, she became the Managing Broker and Training Director for Prudential Pride Properties, where she was responsible for all operational and management functions of a 75+ agent franchise. She developed and implemented an extensive training program which resulted in a 200% increase in per-agent productivity and a 50% decrease in the average time for a new agent’s first closing to occur. She was recognized for her achievements with numerous training and management awards including the elite Education Award for her major contributions to training and education. In 2003 Paige accepted a position with Realogy Corporation as the Senior Director of Franchise Sales for Century 21 Real Estate, LLC where her responsibilities and areas of expertise included Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Market Planning, Solution Selling Strategies, and Market Penetration. During her 5 year tenure with Realogy, she consistently ranked in the top 5 nationally; earning her numerous quarterly and yearly awards, including 2 national awards for “Sales Director of the Year”. Paige began pursuing her long-term goal of owning a design and staging business in 2006, and while still maintaining her award winning sales results with Realogy, she devoted her nights and weekends to enhancing her knowledge and skills in the areas of interior design, interior decorating, home staging, and business ownership. Building upon her 20+ years of successful business experience and her passion for design and for providing unparalleled service and expertise, she structured and implemented her business plan and launched Pearle Staging & Design in 2008. 15 months later her accomplishments and success were further evidenced when she received national recognition and was awarded the Real Estate Staging Association’s National Rookie Stager of the Year. Paige has extensive experience and capabilities in Sales, Management, Training, Interior Design, and Home Staging. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker, and holds the CRS and ABR Designations. Her accomplishments as a trainer include the prestigious ITI International Training Certification. Paige is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Redesigner, and a member of the American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners. In 2010 Paige received the RESAPro certification, which put her among the staging elite. Most recently, she was elected to serve as President for the Real Estate Staging Association’s Atlanta Chapter. Paige’s charitable contributions and affiliations include The Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Ronald McDonald House. For the past 2 years, Paige has been involved with the “Susan G Komen for the Cure” Foundation. In 2008 she walked 60 miles during the “Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day” and with the help of her 2 sisters raised more than $16,000 for breast cancer research and finding a cure.

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