Thinking About Selling Your Home?
Are You Ready to Sell Your Home?
For most of us, buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments we will make. The time will eventually come when you want to sell your home due to needing a bigger house, downsizing, or moving to a new location. Be sure to take the time to fully prepare yourself for the move, to realize the full potential of your property, and maximize the amount you will receive from the sale.
Here are some valuable tips that the team of professionals at HomeHunt put together to help you sell your home at the best price possible. If you have further questions, contact our team who will match you with a real estate agent in your area. Real estate agents are your best resource when selling your home and will be there for you through the entire process.
Before you list your home on the market, consider the following tips:
1. First impressions matter
The exterior of your home is the first thing that buyers will notice. To spruce up your exterior, consider adding some fresh landscaping. Landscaping does not have to be limited to cutting your grass and adding new mulch. Entice buyers with new plants around the siding of your home, flowers to add a pop of color, and new trees to add shade. A little outside TLC can make a huge difference when it comes to attracting buyers to your home.
Landscaping does not need to be expensive; remove dead plants, maintain the lawn, trim your bushes, and add a few bags of mulch to the flower beds. These are simple improvements you can do to increase the value of your home.
2. Add a fresh coat of paint
To help prepare your home for selling, consider painting the inside of your home to give it a fresh look. If your budget is limited, focus on the entrance, the kitchen, and the bathrooms which are typically the most important rooms people focus on when they are viewing homes.
When deciding on paint colors, go with neutral tones, such as white, beige, and gray. Selling your home is about appealing to as many people as possible. Painting the inside of your home with neutral colors makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine how the home could look in the future if they decide to purchase.
3. Declutter and reorganize your space
When you are getting ready to sell your home, it is best to reorganize and declutter to open your rooms and make your space look larger. When you have too many things in a room, including furniture, pictures on the walls, and toys on the ground, it makes it harder for buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. It is important to go through your possessions and see what is essential to keep, what can be put into storage, and what can be donated or thrown away. This will make your moving process easier since you have already sorted and downsized.
Rent a storage unit for larger items you do not need to make your house look more spacious. One mistake many sellers often make is stuffing their closets to the rim or carting away unnecessary items to the basement or garage. Buyers want to see the closet space and garage, so you may be hurting your chances to sell if these spaces are filled.
4. Bring in more light
Brightening your home is a great way to make it feel more welcoming and an easy way to make your rooms look larger. Take down those dark drapes, clean your windows until they sparkle, update your lampshades, buy higher wattage light bulbs, and trim bushes to let the sunshine in. These small improvements make quite the difference when it comes to selling your home.
5. Fix necessary issues
To help prepare yourself for the buyer’s inspection, fix the small issues that may come up in the inspector’s report. This may include, faulty wiring, leaky toilets or faucets, broken lighting fixtures, or any other small problems. Most house inspectors will be able to identify these issues and give ample information that may influence buyers to renegotiate their offer or back out entirely.
Once you are ready to sell your house
When your house is ready to be listed, it is always a good idea to consider hiring a realtor. You will save time and energy if you decide to work with a realtor since they handle most of the details including paperwork, showings, open houses, and negotiations.
Here are five tips to help improve your chances for a faster sale:
Remember there is no perfect home
Let’s be honest, every home has its flaws. When a potential buyer views your home, they will report back to their realtor on the home’s pros and cons. It can be difficult to get negative feedback about your home but do not take it personally. Look at the comments about the listing price, condition, and the most appealing and least attractive features. If there are consistent features cited, you can use that information to change what you can and consider if your selling price is realistic to the current market and your location.
Contact us to start your buyer/seller journey!