Prepping for Sale
I can’t tell you how many people – clients or not – ask me what they should do to ready their home for selling. Everyone wants to maximize their sales price while spending as little as possible. Buyer going into a new home often don’t have the additional finances to make improvements. Having a home that needs little updating is essential. Here are a few simple things you can do to increase your home's value before putting it on the market:
One of the least expensive items, with the most return, will be painting. It is often a daunting task for people, so even if they aren’t in love with the color, having the project completed is gratifying. It also gives you a chance to fill holes and cover any dings in the trim or on the walls. A new paint job gives a home a facelift, making it feel new.
Changing small items such as cabinet handles, light fixtures, or even sink faucets can give your home an amazing new look. Go with trendy new home looks to market towards clients that are comparing your home to new construction. Don’t worry if all the faucets don’t match in the house; just make sure the room is cohesive.
Landscape to make the best First Impression
Curb appeal makes all the difference in the world. When I was first in real estate, I attended a conference and learned that 84% buyers decide if they will buy the home before going inside. I don’t know if this is a current statistic; I’ve been selling for over 23 years. Do freshen up your yard and match the current season with flowers and easy-to-care-for plants.
This is a spendy option and may not be in the budget. Replace windows with the energy-efficient vinyl windows. The new, clear glass will brighten the home immediately in addition to saving money on the monthly electric bill.
Declutter, declutter and then declutter
It is hard to keep a home picked up while it’s on the market. Having less makes it easier. Remove personal items to neutralize the space. Keep all rooms tidy at all time, but especially when you know there will be a showing. Store oversize furniture to keep give rooms an open and airy look.
Making sure the carpets look as new as possible is the final item. If you can’t change them to a wood product, make sure there are no smells, stains or visible wear. Clients want to feel they are buying new, even if they aren’t.
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