So, you’re thinking of selling your home?
Maybe it’s time for something larger to accommodate your growing family, or perhaps you’re looking to downsize later on in life. No matter what your reason may be, it’s incredibly important to prepare your house before listing it, so potential buyers walk in and say, “wow, I need to have this!”
Showing your house in the best possible light will increase your likelihood of selling fast!
The key to preparing your house for listing is to be sure you highlight its strengths and fix up some of the areas that can use a makeover or improvement. This can make a big difference in how quickly your property sells.
Here are five easy, relatively inexpensive ways, to prepare your house for listing:
1. Repaint the walls.
Giving your home a fresh coat of paint can be one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Be sure to spackle or fill any scratches or dents and consider updating any funky accent walls with a more neutral color to allow potential buyers to envision what they might do with the property.
2. Fix your floors.
Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home! It’s critically important that they look as good as possible, so consider fixing scratches or dull areas. Sanding down and refinishing floors may not be necessary, but a fresh coat of polish will go a long way. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing it. Kitchen or bathroom tile should also be considered. Again, you may not need to replace the tile, but re-grouting can go a long way in making tired tile look brand new!
3. Spend some time on your landscaping.
Show buyers your home is the complete package by improving the outside areas as well as the inside. Clean your walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim the edges and trees, and be sure mulch and gravel are fresh. This will ensure the outside of your property doesn’t feel tired.
4. Fix your fixtures.
Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose handles? Discolored air vents? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds.
5. Improve your kitchen.
An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment to help your property move quickly.
If you think your property may need to be decluttered, don’t wait for your agent to tell you so! Less is always more when it comes to presenting your home for sale. A clean property photographs better, shows better, and sells faster!
Use this as an opportunity to improve your space – even if you decide not to list your property – no one has ever done this and said, “Geez, I wish I still had all of that unnecessary stuff lying around.”
These are just a handful of ideas to prepare your home for listing, and of course there are other that may be right for your property. You may have some ideas of your own.
Before investing too much in updates, reach out to one of our realtors, and they will be happy to tell you which updates will yield the greatest return and which ones are not worth investing in at all.
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