Selling your home can be an intimidating and daunting task. Especially when you don’t really know where to start. Here are 5 Tips for preparing your home, whether you are planning to sell tomorrow or next year.
1 – Don’t go at it alone, hire a Realtor
The first thing I’m going to recommend that you do is to speak with a Realtor. You don’t have to sign anything or make any commitments. But the knowledge, advice, and support that an agent is going to provide to you is crucial for your success. Your Realtor will be able to provide you with current, local, market data and give you a list of instructions that are specific to getting your house sold quickly, for the best price possible.
My second recommendation is that you declutter your home. Moving is a great time to purge! So have a garage sale, donate or simply dispose of the stuff you don’t need anymore. Your house is going to show best if it looks lived in, but not too lived in. So keep your best furniture and the pretty things out, but store the rest of it away.
3 – Get done the projects you’ve been putting off
My third recommendation is that you finish any outstanding projects that you have going on around the house. So if it’s a DIY, plan a weekend to just get it done. If it’s something that you need to hire out, talk to your real estate agent. You agent is going to be able to provide you with the referrals you might need to get the right person for the job at the right price.
4 – Leave nothing to chance, get an inspection
Next, I’m going to recommend that you do is a pre-listing inspection. As you may know, once you’re under contract with a buyer, they’re going to conduct their own home inspection. What you don’t want to happen is for that report to come back full of surprises. Problems that you didn’t even know existed, that you must now deal with…and they are going to be expensive. Not everybody wants to spend the money up front on a pre-listing inspection. For an average size home, it will cost roughly $400. But it is money well spent because it can save you the trouble, headache and expense down the road. Getting those repairs done prior to listing your home is much easier and more economical than doing it after you’re under contract.
5 – Do a good, old-fashioned deep cleaning and address the curb appeal
The last tip that I have for you is the most basic and that is CLEAN YOUR HOUSE. A good old-fashioned deep clean is necessary before you list your home. That’s everything from washing the walls, baseboards and windows to cleaning your vents and ceiling fans to having your carpets professionally cleaned. It’s amazing how buyers react to a home that has overlooked some of these simple cleaning tips. It could turn them completely off and getting them back in the door means a price reduction.
You will also need to address the curb appeal on the exterior of your home. Start by pulling weeds and removing leaves. Cut the grass, trim bushes and trim trees away from the house. You might need to do some painting on the outside as well – you can really spruce things up by adding fresh paint to doors and trim. And add some color with seasonally appropriate flowers or décor.
There you have it! From a trusted, local realtor – five tips for getting the process started to sell your home for top dollar. Please contact me for further information, advice or to schedule a marketability assessment of your home.