Thinking about selling your home this year? Great! Like many other major life decisions, this isn’t one you should just rush in to. So before you list it, take some time to prep your home. Follow these tips and it will payoff big time!
Hire a great Real Estate Agent.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when getting ready to sell their home is not talking to a Real Estate Agent until right before they are ready to list. An agent experienced with the market in your neighborhood is the most qualified person to determine how potential buyers will perceive your house. Your agent will be able to advise on any changes or repairs that might be worth doing in order to maximize your home’s market value.
Evaluate your curb appeal.
First impressions are critical when selling a home and your exterior will be the first thing that all potential buyers notice. Many buyers will drive by a home to make sure they like the neighborhood and that the house itself looks appealing. A freshly painted front door, easy to read house numbers and properly functioning porch and landscaping lights can go a long way. If your home has vinyl siding…is it clean? If it’s painted…is the paint pealing? Is your lawn overgrown with weeds or full of bare spots? Are your bushes and trees properly trimmed? A weekend of weeding and a few bags of mulch can really help maximize your curb appeal. Some freshly potted flowers near the entryway can really ad a nice pop of color. You don’t need to go overboard to boost your curb appeal, but too many people simply neglect this aspect of their homes and it can really hurt.
We all have one. All those little things you’ve been meaning to do but never got around to? Now is the time to get on it because buyers will notice them, and they will detract from the value of your home. So, set aside a weekend or two now to fix that leaky faucet, patch all those holes in the walls, tighten those loose doorknobs and paint over the scuffs from when you moved the couch.
Consider upgrades or repairs.
Bigger items that might need attention may or may not be worth handling now. Be aware that any problems with the home need to be disclosed, but your agent will be able to give you a good idea of if it might be worth spending a few extra dollars to tackle some bigger projects now, in order to maximize your value. Some projects might be worth it. Some might not. Always consult an agent before making any major repairs or upgrades.
Organize your closets
Storage space is a huge selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it. Invest in some storage bins, dividers and other solutions that will help you make your stuff look more organized. While you are at it, remove extra items you don’t need immediately (you can stow them away until you move). Now is also a great time to purge anything you don’t actually wear/need anymore. This will help you both now when you are trying to sell and down the line when you actually start moving. Less stuff to move = an easier move.
Clean your windows.
If you are like most people, you probably don’t even think about cleaning your windows, but rain, snow and construction can really make your windows dirty. You often won’t even notice how dirty they are until you start cleaning them. Your home will be brighter and natural light is a huge selling point for many people. So, take a weekend and tackle all those windows…inside and out! If you have the time, remove the screens and take a hose to them. They can get pretty grungy too.
Buyers and agents are going to ask a lot of questions, so start digging out the paperwork now: utility bills, tax bills, renovation details, warranties, appliance manuals. Have that all ready to go when the questions start coming.
This is the hardest part for many people when selling a home. The earlier your realize and accept that this place you called home for the last however many years, will no longer be your home shortly, the easier it will be to let it go when the time comes. It will also make negotiations easier when the time comes. If you can look at your house as a simple product that you are selling, rather than a box full or memories, you can see things objectively and that will make things so much easier.
Selling your home can be stressful, but the more prepared you are the easier it can be. Always default to your agent’s suggestions when it comes to getting your home ready. A good, experienced agent will give their honest feedback and opinions, so don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you possibly can.
If you’re ready for an amazing listing experience, reach out today for a free consultation