Looking for a new home? You’ve come to the right place! But, before you list your home, there are some very important steps to follow to ensure your home is in the most sellable shape possible. If you’re looking to eliminate any potential problems to getting the best possible offer on your home, read on.
PRICE IT RIGHT
According to hgtv.com, “Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids – even in the worst markets – and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.”
FIX IT UP
Make a list of everything that needs to be fixed in your home, and repair it all before the house goes on the market. Your house should be totally move-in ready when buyers check it out – this will help you get closer to your asking price.
Switch up your mentality immediately. Remove yourself from your home, and think of it now as a property you are trying to sell. Look at it from the outside, and imagine how you would feel if you were looking at the house yourself. Does it seem worth the price, or are there things you need to fix? Now’s the time to do it.
DEEP CLEAN IT
Prospective buyers want to walk into your space and smell nothing besides an immaculately clean home. Scrub out the animal scents, damp spots, stains, and anything else that can potentially make your home appear less than perfect. Whether you hire a cleaning service or do it on your own, scrub your home from top to bottom, and keep it that way until it sells. Clutter, clothing, paper goods, and dishes should be put away in an organized manner, and beds should be made, too.
MAINTAIN YOUR SURROUNDINGS
There’s no need to worry about having the prettiest flowers or most high-tech planters, but you most definitely should keep your front and back yard well maintained. This means removing weeds, mowing the lawn, touching up any chipped paint, and fixing old fences.
A new coat of paint can freshen up a room in an instant. Opt for neutrals that will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. If you can only afford to paint some areas, do the main rooms that people will walk through most often.
SELL/DONATE/STORE UNWANTED ITEMS & CLUTTER
Keep extra furniture, photos, and decorations in a storage unit or pod to allow prospective buyers to think of the home as theirs, not yours. If there’s stuff you want to completely get rid of, sell it at a garage sale, donate the items to a charity, or take them to a drop off center of your choice.
HIRE A REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER
Beautiful photos are the key to get someone to check out your home. Even if your realtor offers to do the shots, the best way to ensure your home looks its best is to take matters into your own hands.
Browse local businesses and look around for bulletin boards. Post a flier or pamphlet of your home on one, and wait for the calls to come in. Tell everyone you know that your house is up for sale, too – you never know who’s looking!
LOCK IT UP
Keep valuables locked up and away from potential thieves. If you don’t have a safe at bay, grab a suitcase and store your possessions in there –take it with you in your car, or keep it at a family members’ home.
Everyone can agree that the market is tough right now. If you don’t put some extra work into selling your home, you could be waiting on a buyer for a long while. And, because people today strive for instant gratification, it’s important to get your pad in top-notch shape so your buyer can close, move in, unpack, and settle – ASAP.