7 Simple Hints to Prepare Your Home to Sell
- CLEANUP!!!!!! This one is near and dear to my heart because I see so many sellers (whether in real estate, boats, cars, or other areas) lose valuable dollars by not making their property look it’s best. You need to remember that many people have different standards than we do. So, from the inside to the outside, get your home “showroom ready”. This means you need to get rid of clutter, junk, etc. and cleanout closets, your garage, and any space where you normally store things. Potential buyers want the opportunity to see the house.
- INSPECT AND REPAIR: I think it is a great idea to have your home inspected to have an early idea of problems that may arise or issues that your potential buyer will not want to inherit. Once you have a buyer and he or she hires a home inspector, any problems that airse could cost you much more in negotiations than if you would have just addressed the problem up front.
- FRESH PAINT: Painting your entire home might be a bit costly, but assess your budget to see what you’re your wallet can handle. It may be important to at least address the must problematic areas of the home that show most wear and tear. IF you heed my advice on this one, try not to paint with crazy, off-the-wall colors. Subtle, but fresh tones are usually best.
- LANDSCAPE: This doesn’t mean you have to go in and dig up everything in your yard, but it is definitely important to groom what you have, remove all weeds, add some low-maintenance plants if you can, and try to give it a little life. You don’t need to overdo it, but give it some good ole-fashioned curb appeal.
- CARPET FUNK NO MORE: Let’s face it, you don’t realize how dirty your carpet is until you rip it up or replace it. At the very least, have all of the carpet cleaned, but if it is in your budget, either have it replaced with new carpet or replace it with hardwood, tile, or laminate. This will make the home smell better and feel better from the moment someone steps in the door.
- SMALL UPDATE OR FEATURES: There could be 10 other tips under this one category, but I’ll keep it simple. Replace old fixtures including bathroom faucets or even sinks, kitchen and bathroom knobs, appliances, light fixtures, electrical and light switches and panels, door knobs, window treatments and anything you see that makes the home look dated, dirty, or unkempt. Obviously, much like the other tips, budget first.
- GET A HOME WARRANTY: A home warranty can give a buyer a very comfortable feeling buying your home. They know that if appliances fall on hard times soon after they buy the home, they have a safety net. A good suggestion would be to consult with American Home Shield and see what they can offer. This is something that we can help you assess when we list your home.
Give me the opportunity to list your home and I can help you assess what of things will increase the value of your home right away. Email me or call (843.633.1588) so we can sit down together and come up with the right plan for you to sell your home efficiently and for top dollar.