We’re starting to move into the warmer weather and that means we’re gearing up for the onslaught of new listings coming to the market. Is your home ready? A lot goes in to prepare your home for sale.
One of the huge benefits to having a professional in your corner when you list your home is that we come with years of experience of how best to position your home in the market. Pricing, staging, photography, marketing and professional outreach are all on this list. The best sales happen when we all work as a team, Realtor and Seller to prepare your home so that we come on the market strong!
If you’re looking to sell your home, we strongly encourage you to give us a call and we can take you through the steps, and how we can help you with getting your house “market ready”, but here’s a few quick tips to get you started!
Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws. Unless your home shines, you may endure showing after showing — and end up with a lower sales price. Before the first prospective buyer walks through your door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light.
3 Quick Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale
1. Get your home pre-inspected
Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. Make repairs before putting your home on the market.
2. Get Estimates for Repairs
If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can’t fund, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs. Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items you expect to remain with the house.
3. Do a Thorough Cleaning
A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service. If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over. Pay attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your garage, too.
These are, of course, just a few of the many little things we can guide you through when listing your home! If you or someone you know are interested in buying or selling your home, give us a call!