Good Habits to Help Sell Your Cook County Home

Real Estate

1If you’re planning to sell your home this year, help hedge your bets towards a great sale by getting into some effective home habits. A well-cared for home adds to a property’s curb appeal. By focusing on keeping up appearances around the house, you can be ready to show your home to potential buyers and ensure they see your home at its finest.

Start with an in-depth home check-up before you put your home on the market. This should be done at least once a year as a regular home habit. By having your home’s heating and cooling system checked, change filters on appliances and examine your house for any needed repairs from storms or long-term wear and tear. Discover if you have hidden issues with a home inspection, and get issues fixed before you list. 

Once the big step of any repairs has been completed, take some time to start purging your belongings and de-clutter your home. A good home habit to establish is a monthly check of closets, storage spaces and cabinets. Doing so will help ensure your junk drawer or spare room doesn’t get to over-flowing again. Set a regular donation date on your calendar, gather items you no longer use and get them out of the house by that date. Minimize the knick-knacks around your house too. Pack up what you want to keep and donate the rest; this will also lessen the amount of dusting you’ll need to do.

It’s also important to keep up on monthly maintenance around your yard and garden. Each season brings with it different chores, which, when kept up will help keep your curb appeal in top order and ensure your yard looks its best. With winter here, a regular check for any new damages after a storm is a must.

2A regular, weekly habit worth the time is keeping your home clean. Divvy up the chores between family members and come up with a schedule for big chores such as vacuuming, dusting and mopping. These basic chores should be done at least once a week to help keep your home in view-ready mode.

Daily chores should also be done with a focus on tidying up. Don’t let dishes pile up in the kitchen sink, clean kitchen and bathroom counters each day, and pick up clutter like the mail, newspapers and magazines. Have the kids keep their school books, supplies and homework in a specific place, and give each room a quick pick-up before going to bed for the night.

Once you decide it’s time to list your property work with your Realtor® directly. Your agent can help keep you posted with the current market and latest trends for the area. Keeping in regular contact with your agent and discussing your needs and options will help you succeed in selling your home. Find more tips about successfully selling your home with this article by and work with a Realtor® whose experience and knowledge can help you from start to finish. The Driscoll Properties Team is here to help you achieve your home dreams. Learn more at our website,, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.