When selling your home, you want to make sure your home is market ready. As anyone knows, it takes more than just putting a For Sale sign in front of your house. But, the big question is this: How much work do you need to put into your home to help make it attractive and have it sell quickly?
Some people think that selling your home should be an “as is” proposition. Why make changes when a potential buyer might just decide they want to go in a different direction? This is a reasonable assertion. But, in the current market, selling your home and competing against the prolific availability of new builds can be a challenge. The reality is that your home has to stand up against the appeal of brand-new construction. Can it be done? Absolutely!
Here are a few things to consider when you’re selling your home:
- Clear away the clutter. Stripping your home of family photos, memorabilia, and extraneous knick knacks is essential. You want a potential buyer to see their home as theirs, not yours. And, by clearing these items away, you can easily get a head start on your packing. I suggest putting these personal belongings in boxes and storing them in your garage or other similar area that is away from the interior of your home.
- Check for blemishes. Look around your house at every nook and cranny. Check the condition of the floors, walls, and cabinetry. Assess if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. This can include things as big as installing new flooring or as little as fixing nail pops.
- Add some fresh paint. Unless your interior walls have been recently painted, you may want to think about give your walls a little facelift. Fresh paint in neutral colors can do a lot to update the look of your home. While you’re at it, when is the last time your home’s exterior was painted? Cracked walls or trim can make a house look old, which doesn’t do well when buyers are comparing it to a new build.
- Update fixtures. If your home was built in the 1990s or before, and you haven’t changed out bathroom and kitchen lighting and faucets, chances are they look pretty dated. It’s amazing how these very important rooms can be transformed with just a few modern updates.
- Clean inside and out. No one wants to look at dirty carpets or fingerprints on the bedroom doors. If you don’t already do so, having your home professional deep cleaned will make a world of difference.
- Throw in some color. With a neutral palette on your walls, you want to find places throughout your home to add some pop. Adding some bright and cheery towels to your bathroom or some colorful placemats on your breakfast bar can add a contemporary look without breaking your budget.
If you are selling your home in today’s competitive market, you want to do everything you can to make your home show-ready. By following the above tips, and a few more that I can share with you, your home can be as appealing as a model home at the new build site.
For more information on how I can help you sell your home, contact me at (480) 313-3924.