10 Tips to get your Home Ready to List!
Thinking about selling your home?
Home owners look to sell their home for numerous reasons. Some are looking to upgrade into a larger space while others are trying to downsize into something smaller. No matter what stage of life you are in, there are some very specific ways to get your home ready for the market and sell for the highest price.
1. Get a Home Inspection & Address Issues
Go ahead and take care of that leaky sink, clogged drain or cracked window now, adn hire a home inspector to come out and check for potential issues. No matter how long you have lived in your home there are always hidden problems that a home inspector can uncover. These things are usually safety hazards that buyers and their lenders will want fixed later on during inspection negotations anyway. Get unexpexted issues taken care of early. Not only can these issues cause bigger problems down the road, but they can significantly decrease the value of your home if left untreated.
2. Declutter & De-Personalize
How many picture frames, memorabilia’s, nicknacks and toys do you have scattered on your tables, dressers, cabinets and TV stands? These items mean a lot to you but they make it difficutl for a potential buyer to see themselves living in your home. Whether you have an attic to store these items or you need to rent a small storage unit, these items should be put away. This is also a great time to get a professional’s option of home styling and staging techniques to attract the largest amount of buyers.
3. Clean Everywhere
Never underestimate the value of a clean home. This is extra important if you have pets. Buyers take notice when walking through a home of animal smells, clothes or dishes. Make time to clean your home from top to bottom or hire a cleaning service to come in and take care of it. Top priorities should include the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, living spaces, windows, window sills, baseboards, adn those hard to reach areas you usually skip over.
4. Curb Appeal is Everything
The exterior of your home and front yard is the first thing a potential buyer sees when they view your property online, or do a drive buy before scheduling an appointment. Go to the front of your driveway and take an extra long look at the front of your property. Are the shutters in need of a fresh coat of paint? Does the siding need a good power wash? Have you landscaped your hard and maintained it? This is a really great time to rake away any leaves, trim the bushes, add some extra flowers if weather permits, and make sure your lawn is a healthy shade of green. Let the first impression be the best impression!
5. Freshen up Your Entryway
How long has it been since you cleaned out the cobwebs from your front porch, or given your door and trim a fresh coat of paint? Now is the time to do it. You can visit your local home improvement store for new front porch furniture, a welcome mat or mailbox. A planted flower box during the warmer months or festive decorations during the holidays can add an extra touch.
6. Invest in a Fresh Coat of Paint
Are you happy with your dark red accent walls and bright yellow living room? Do your walls ahve nail holes from rearranging wall decor and scuff marks from moving furniture? Most potential buyers would much rather spend their first month shopping for new furniture than painting over your strong color preferences and scuffed paint. Go ahead and carve out a weekend or hire a professional to add a more neutral color pallet, patch holes and add touch up paint.
7. Replace Old Carpet or Remove it
This is one of the lease expensive ways to help your home sell quickly. No one wants to see stained and outdated carpet in your rooms, especially in the rooms we spend the most time in. It really helps a potential buyer feel comfortable to know they will be the first ones to walk around in bare feet in the master bedroom. If there are original hardwood floors underneath that dingy old carpet, consider refinishing the floors and adding an area rug!
8. Hire the RIGHT Real Estate Professional
I could write a whole article ont eh 10 tips to hiring the the right real estate professional… and I probably will. For starters, you want your real estate agent to be professional, knowledgeable and understanding of your needs. They need to be up to date on current market trends and ready to do what it takes to get your home sold quickly for the best price. They should be willing to get professional photographs taken of your home to help it stand out, and have a fresh marketing plan ready that is specific to your property.
9. Listen to your Real Estate Professional
The worst thing you can do is hire a quality real estate agent and not listen to the advice that they give you. If they give you a market value range for your home, pick a price within that range not $30,000 above it. If they recommend re-culking your bathroom tub or grouting tiling in the kitchen go ahead and make time to do that. Your real estate professional has the best understanding of what buyers in your area are looking for and they are on your side. No one wants to help you get the best value for your home in the least amount of time then your real estate agent. The last thing they want to do is have your home sit on the market and be sigmatized for items that could have helped it stand out int he first place.
10. Do your Research
Not all real estate companies are the same. Choosing a brand that has values, and can give your home the right exposure is very important. Choosing an agent who knows how to customize the marketing of your home is also pivotal in getting the best price for your home. If you have found the right company and agent to help you through the process you should still plan on doing some of your own research. You should have knowledge of suggested marketing strategies, current market trends and homes coparable to yours that are on the market and selling (your real estate agent is a great resource for obtaining some of these statistics). This will help you stay ahead of your competition and have a deeper understanding of the whole process.
If you use these 10 tips before listing your home, you might just get your perfect price as quickly as you were hoping. Please reach out to me to recieve a complementary custom market analysis for your home, or any other recommendations moving forward. I am happy to be your real estate resource!