The housing market can be tricky to navigate, especially for a seller. There is fine balance between getting the price you want for your home and making a buyer happy with the price they end up paying for your property. Additionally, your home is in competition with other homes in your area that are also on the market, so you have to do everything possible to make your home appealing to a potential buyer. As you prepare to list your house, here are a few things you can do to make sure your home attracts reliable offers:
Curb Appeal-The first thing potential buyers will see is the outside of your home. Many home buyers base a large portion of their decision on the neighborhood, the street and what the home looks like on the outside. Do everything you can to offer an attractive presentation. Your grass should be cut and weeds should be taken care of. Additionally, consider a little landscaping work to create a more visually attractive exterior. You may also want to consider sprucing up your porch and repairing damaged screens and/or windows. Wash your windows, clean up all yard toys and repair/paint a damaged or worn fence.
Consider an inspection-Your real estate agent may be able to help you with this portion of the pre-sale procedure. Consider hiring an inspector to identify potential problems for the future homeowners. You can, and should, fix damage that’s likely to significantly reduce the value of your home.
Create a blank slate-When potential buyers visit your home; they want to be able to imagine themselves in your home. In the real estate industry, the term “staging” is used to describe setting up your home to appeal to potential buyers. There are several things you need to do to properly stage your home for a sale:
- Apply fresh paint: Your son may love that his room is painted bright orange, but many potential buyers may be turned off by the bold color choice. Repaint walls to a more neutral shade so your buyer can easily decorate your home in their mind.
- Clean carpets/floor: Have the carpets cleaned and keep your floor tidy. This is especially true if you have any wood flooring in your home. A well-cared for wood floor is a huge selling point for homes.
- Get rid of yourself: One of the best ways to stage your home for a sale is to remove most of your personal items from display. This includes photos, knickknacks and other items. Feel free to leave large furniture and keep items on hand that you need for everyday use, but try to keep your home as clutter free as possible to create a clean, appealing environment.
- Evaluate everything: Go room by room and check everything a potential buyer is going to look at. Repair chipped paint, damaged walls and squeaky doors. You can do most of these tiny repairs yourself and it will go a long way to helping buyers feel like they are making a good investment. Don’t forget to check the blinds, light switches and sockets to ensure they are all clean and in good condition. Your kitchen and bathroom areas should get extra attention.
- Keep décor purposeful: Anything you leave in the home during open houses should have a purpose. Nicely placed furniture can make a room feel cozy. If you must keep linens in your closet, only keep a week’s worth and make sure they are clean and color coordinated to create a pleasing appeal when people start peeking in your closets.
Take a few hours to get your home in order and you can help your house sell faster and for a better price.