Is it time to put your house on the market? Whether you’re transferring for a new job, upsizing or down-sizing, the condition of your home will play a large role in dictating the market value and sales price. Selling a home, even with the assistance of a qualified real estate agent, can be a daunting experience. Generally, you’re not just dealing with selling your home, but also dealing with locating and purchasing a new home, making arrangement for huge move and quite possibly settling in at a new job. This can be an overwhelming time and one that’s apt to trigger tempers and stress. Take a deep breath and follow these recommendations from the real estate professionals to ensure you can command the highest possible selling price for your home. Planning is the key to success; make notes and take the process one step at a time. The most important thing to keep in mind throughout the process is to take your emotion out of the equation – this is a business transaction. Put your seat belts on and good luck!
Take stock your home’s exterior and landscaping. Curb appeal has the largest impact on buyers. If a home’s exterior condition is crisp and the landscaping is maintained, there’s a presumption that that care will be carried throughout the interior. When selling your home, there’s no opportunity for a second first impression. Decks, railings and shutters should all be in like new condition. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and head to Lumber Liquidators for a huge selection of materials to shore up the exterior of your home. Update the mailbox, porch light, house numbers and welcome mat. Trim shrubbery below windows, lay new pine straw or pine barks where needed and place fresh seasonal flower at the mailbox and front door. Finally, power-wash the driveway and walkways with a bleach solution.
Now that buyers are excited about entering your home (possible their future home), the interior needs to shine from top to bottom. Clearing clutter and applying a fresh coat of neutral paint throughout the house will result in a great return on your investment and time. Steam- clean the hardwoods and carpeting or replace where necessary. Shine all the windows on the interior and exterior. Remove heavy or distracting window treatment to let as much natural light in the space as possible. If there are lingering pet odors or smoke, leave the window open during this process. Do not attempt to camouflage the odors with an air freshener – this will only serve to compound the issue. Double check that all the appliances are in working order. Power-clean the bathrooms and kitchen. Kitchen and baths sell homes; update where time and resources allow.
Finally, together with your realtor, check out the condition, amenities and closing prices on properties with similar room counts, size and amenities as your home. This will give you a good gauge of the maximum price that the market will bear. Too high of an asking price will result in your home sitting on the market for months with buyers wondering what’s wrong with the property. Best of luck to you!