First time homeowners are overwhelmed with new information from the day they start looking at homes to when they need to repair an issue or hire a contractor. And once the newbie homeowner is ready to put their home on the market there’s even more to learn. Just like as a buyer, a realtor will help the seller get the best deal. But here’s a brief list of some important things sellers need to do before planting that ‘For Sale’ sign.
You want your house to be in great shape. Even if you’ve been living with some issues, now is the time to fix it up and make it appeal to buyers. Patch holes and cracks in walls, fix any broken appliances, leaky faucets and HVAC systems, replace worn carpet or professionally clean existing carpeting, repair broken window glass, and of course, examine your roof for any potential damage to avoid any expensive surprises during the home inspection.
Tip: Don’t increase the price of the house to cover a repair. An overpriced house sits on the market longer. Fix repairs and work with your realtor to price appropriately.
Buyers aren’t the only ones who can get in your way of selling your home. Your buyer’s lender will likely seek an structural inspection to verify that there are no problems with the house. If you’ve left repairs to be the next owner’s problem, reconsider your strategy as you might have issues with the final bank loan until repairs are made.
Recently a neighbor selling their home mowed their lawn at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Of course this wasn’t to the delight of any of us within earshot, but she had a last minute showing scheduled at 8 a.m. and needed to get the lawn cleaned up before the prospective buyer arrived. A manicured lawn instantly appeals to every home buyer, and there are other simple projects you can do without a budget for a full exterior makeover to give an extra boost to your home’s curb appeal.
- Pick up anything unsightly like kid’s toys or hanging up a lose hose to make it more accessible and attractive.
- Hide an air conditioning unit or trash cans with a basic screen using lumber or premade panels.
- Showcase windows with shutters to give a finished feel to any home or add window boxes with flowers.
- Add hardware to your garage like decorative handles, and of course make sure it’s properly hung up and working properly.
Professional Staging and Photos
A study conducted by the Real Estate Staging Association found that on average staged homes were on the market for just 41 days compared to 184 days for homes that were not staged.
Store personal decorations, arrange furniture, and display art to brighten the space to give prospective buyers an easier time visualizing themselves in the home. If you want to give your home an extra edge in a competitive market, hire a professional designer to stage and photograph your home for an eye-catching online listing to help it stand out among the rest.
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