If you’re considering selling your home there are some essential steps to take. It is every seller’s nightmare to decide to sell and then end up on the market for more than a year. Make sure that you have prepped your home properly to be on the market. Here’s what you need to know…
Buyers and brokers notice everything. Broken steps, burnt out lights, stuck windows, stained ceilings… Completing these repairs before a potential buyer enters your home will drastically increase the chances of them buying. Additionally, well-maintained homes build trust with buyers. If everything works properly, the buyer won’t be questioning what else in the home needs to be repaired.
The curb appeal of a home in real estate is about 50% of the selling battle. First impressions dictate whether the buyer will want to see the inside. Healthy, trimmed lawns, decorative flowers, landscaping, the condition of your mailbox, the wear of the paint… All of these little exterior maintenance details are important. If that means adding a new coat of paint to your home or repairing a fence, it will be worth it. Unfortunately, the saying, “you have to spend money to make money” is especially true in the realm of real estate.
There are obvious repairs and then not so obvious ones. It can be a tremendous help to hire an expert to do a home inspection before you put it on the market. This way you can make a list of things to repair, and prioritize based on your budget.
When it comes to staging, less is more. It will be a good idea to get a storage unit and preemptively move out all your non-essential things for this interior preparation task. Clutter is your worst enemy here. The idea behind staging is to create a space in which your potential buyers can imagine themselves and their things. Sparse rooms will allow the buyer to mentally fill in the blanks with their own furniture.
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