Even though we’re still getting snow, it’s actually spring and now is the time to starting thinking about putting your house on the market. A question I get all the time is, “what can I do to prepare my house to sell fast and get top market value?” Many times just taking on a few small projects can make a huge difference! Now every house and situation is different, but here are a few ideas that I like to share with my sellers:
Do your own home inspection
It is never a bad idea to schedule your own home inspection before you put your house on the market. This can alleviate a lot of stress and allow you to get a head start repairing anything urgent. For around $400, many sellers find it extremely helpful to use the report as a guide for getting the house ready.
Improve Curb appeal
When a buyer pulls up to a house for the first time, that impression will set the tone for the visit. There are a number of things you can do to create a good first impression: give your entry a facelift with a new coat of paint or front door; replace a worn out entry mat to welcome buyers into the house; keep your lawn groomed to reinforce the feeling of a well taken care of home; power wash any outdoor surfaces to give them the “like new” feel; and make sure all outdoor lights are in working order and replace any old bulbs.
Make the house feel like home
I truly believe that nothing is more important when getting a house ready to sell than allowing buyers to picture themselves in the space. Keep the house clean to allow buyers to walk around without distraction. This will allow them to envision putting their own touch on it.
Even if you have an empty bonus room, try to give it a purpose. Buyers like to be able to identify with the rooms when looking at a house.
Keep the kitchen counters clean and organized! I cannot stress this enough. I have seen so many buyers turned off by a dirty, over-cluttered kitchen. Make sure you store any non-essential and small appliances to make the kitchen fell open and inviting.
Try to make every room as light and bright as possible. This means making sure blinds are open, curtains are pulled back and all furniture that may be blocking windows is moved. Bright rooms feel warm and inviting, while dark rooms feel small and gloomy.
I know this may seem like a lot, but increasing the curb appeal and making the home feel welcoming to buyers can make a big difference in final sale price and time spent on the market.
Most real estate agents will give you an honest opinion of how your home fits into the current market and which of the projects above about will be the most beneficial for you to tackle first.
Happy house selling season!
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