Sometimes, just a touch-up on the exsterior paint can make a big difference.
Selling your home is a big decision and one you shouldn’t approach lightly. Your house is likely one of your most significant assets, and you’ll want to get the best possible price when it comes time to sell it. When selling your home, be sure to keep these selling tips in mind.
You don’t need to renovate your house before selling it, but a freshen-up goes a long way to add value and ensure a fast sale. At a minimum, your home should get a deep clean. A deep clean goes beyond day-to-day tasks. It should include cleaning and clearing all surfaces, nooks, and crannies, ensuring windows and faucets sparkle, and neutralizing any odors. Invest in professional carpet cleaning and consider a fresh lick of paint on any room that’s looking a bit tired. Neutral paint colors have the broadest appeal, so you may wish to bring spaces back to a neutral color palette if needed. If your furniture is damaged or outdated, consider getting the house professionally staged. Staging shows off a space in its best light with modern furniture, decor, and accents. Staging can quickly update or transform a room and widen the appeal of your property. And don’t forget, the house should be kept pristine and clean throughout the entire selling process.
Buyers can make a decision on a home in under 8 seconds, so think about curb appeal because it's the first thing a buyer sees.
Cleaning & deodorizing, decluttering & repainting are very inexpensive ways to improve your home's saleability.
If you are moving, consider staging your home. A staged home can increase the appeal of the space to the buyer, and the final price.
A cluttered house makes a space look smaller and untidy. Sellers want their homes to appear large, airy, and clean. Clutter can be very personal, children’s art, collectibles, or personal effects like photo frames might be a treasure to you, but they mean nothing to potential buyers. Personal effects can be very off-putting to potential buyers; if they see too much of your life, it’s harder for them to imagine their own future in the space. Minimize the furniture and items out on display in your home, store away any excess at a friend’s place or well out of sight. You want your home to feel like a blank canvas for potential buyers so they can imagine their ideas and possessions in the space.
Buyers can make decisions in the first 8 seconds they spend at a property. When it comes to real estate, first impressions really do matter. You should ensure your yard is well-tended, trim back overgrowth, keep the lawns mowed, yard swept, and driveway cleared. You may need to invest in a little bit of landscaping or tree trimming to get your yard in tip-top shape. If your garden is one of the properties’ best features, try and sell your house in the springtime when the garden is in full bloom. Summer is often a popular time to sell because it’s easier to keep yards tidy than in the fall or winter.
It can turn buyers off if they start finding lots of things that need repair in a property. Review your house carefully and make a list of any areas that need repair. You can also get a pre-listing inspection before you list your home, which will help identify any issues. Buyers can use repairs as a bargaining chip when negotiating their purchase price. So, fix as much as you can yourself, and shop contractors for the best price available for everything else.
Selling a house is a significant undertaking, but it’ll be hard to put a foot wrong if you follow these tips. By taking some time to ready your house before listing, the whole process will be more straightforward; you’ll get a better price and sell your home faster.