The time comes to put your home up for sale, and you wonder what you could do to your property to make it more appealing to future buyers. There is always the option of doing an investment, but that requires the extra money and time. If you are planning to buy another home in the future, investing in the one you are about to sell could be counterproductive.
In these five steps we’ll provide tips to follow before you put your home for sale. These tips not only are easy to do, but they won’t break the bank and can guarantee you better responses from potential buyers at the moment of opening the place to the public.
1 – Finding the Appropriate Realtor
Selling a house can be a hassle. There are many things to consider and not enough time in the day to tackle all of them. Every step you miss or don’t take is an opportunity lost to sell your home.
That’s where a good realtor comes into play. They have all the tools necessary to make the entire process seamless and worry-free. From doing the posting and creating profiles, to showing the home to people who are interested, the realtor will use every trick in the book to get the property to sell faster and more efficiently.
Walking into a home that has no visible potential can affect the decision-making process of the interested buyer. If the house is cluttered by furniture that you have been collecting for the last decade, it won’t allow the buyer to imagine themselves with all their furniture in the house.
Arrange the living areas to have a low visual impact. Three different coffee tables in your great room? Try storing two of them. This way the area looks open for new possibilities.
Remember, you want people to walk through the house without having obstructing thoughts. This can help the buyer in making a decision.
3 – The Paint in your Home will Speak for you!
It’s understandable that painting a house is time-consuming and it requires a decent investment. Attention-drawing colors such as reds, bright yellows, and oranges can be a beautiful addition to the mood of the room, but neutral colors on the walls can have a bigger impact than the accents that match your current furniture.
Let your walls be the blank canvas for the future owner. For all you know, that metallic-lime-green accent wall is the color that your potential buyers abhor.
4 – Short Fixes Help you a Long Way
There is a level of awkwardness that cannot be surpassed by that moment when your potential buyer tries to pull open a cabinet or a door, and the entire thing falls apart.
Fixing your lights and changing dead bulbs will brighten the way for a better home sale. Making sure to patch those holes that the kids put on the walls when they were playing is going to be better than having the buyer thinking about all the projects that need to be done to get the house to become a home. The same goes with kitchen cabinets, broken doors, and other items that the house will be sold with. Besides, you avoid running into the typical, “Well, this is broken so fixing it will cost me some money. How about we take it off the final price?”
5 – Nothing says Welcome! like a clean home
If there is anything to be taken from the entire list, it’s this. Yes, the potential buyer could be okay with painting the walls themselves. Both of you could agree on shaving money off the final price for the few things that might not be working as expected. Yet, a house that smells like you have had a leak since that big hailstorm several years ago, or like food has piled up in the pantry, can hinder anyone’s decision on continuing to be interested in the house.
Many problems related to walls, the roof, and piping could be discovered by smell. Moldy drywall, leaking ceilings/roofs, or broken pipes can put out smells that are recognizable by almost anyone. This clicks automatically into the image of large plumbing bills and construction contracts. Some bad odors can trick someone into thinking that these are prominent problems in the property. Don’t let a smelly house break your deal.
Doing a deep clean and keeping up with it during the time the home is being sold can prove to be a value addition to the sale.
The Final Take!
These tips will help you improve the chances of selling your home, and it will make you feel that you are leaving the next owners a house that they will appreciate and love.
If you want that helping hand to move forwards faster, you can contact us today. We will be delighted to help you on this wonderful journey!