Getting Your Home Ready to Sell for More Money
Getting your home ready before you list it is one of the most important parts of the selling process. If your home isn’t prepared properly, the listing pictures won’t look as good and buyers may not be all that impressed. Here are some of the things you can do to properly prepare your home to sell for a higher price.
Create Better Curb Appeal
The first impression makes a huge difference when selling a home. Even before buyers show up, curb appeal matters because of the listing pictures. If the front of your home doesn’t look inviting, clean and appealing, you may never get an offer.
However, if you take the time to give your front door a fresh coat of paint, get the yard landscaped, wash the windows and take care of other small outdoor things, you can make your home very appealing. Make sure you remove lawn ornaments, replace the welcome mat and even power wash the siding and driveway.
Declutter the Inside
You may love having plenty of furniture throughout your home and all kinds of decoration items, but buyers don’t want to see this. Minimize your furniture to ensure you only have the items necessary in each room.
You will also want to declutter storage space. If you think a potential buyer won’t check out the closets, you’re kidding yourself. Remove everything except for just a few items and show off how much space is really in the home for storage.
Complete all Minor Repairs
If you know your home needs a few minor repairs, take care of these before listing it. If you don’t, you may end up paying more for the repairs once the home inspection has been done. Each repair will become a bargaining chip for the buyer.
It’s best to have your own home inspection done and try to repair everything you can before the home is listed. This will take the bargaining chips off the table and make it a smoother transaction once you receive an offer.
Remodel, If Possible
If you have an outdated kitchen or bathroom, you can remodel to sell your home for more money. However, make sure you weigh the pros and cons as remodeling can be expensive. You may not have to do a full remodeling to make the kitchen and bathrooms more appealing.
Use these tips and the advice of a professional real estate agent to get your home ready to be sold for a higher price.