Before you put your home on the market, know that there are things you’ll have to do to make it more appealing. This will help it sell more quickly, freeing you to find your next home in a reasonable time frame. So what tasks should you overtake?
Here is the top three to start off:
Tip 1: Consult with a Professional
In consulting with a professional—whether it is an interior designer or with your hired home realtor, you can get suggestions on what you should do to your home. They will inform you on what cosmetic changes you should do, such as decorating to help with the staging process for when you show the house. In doing a consultation, be advised that going with an interior designer will have a fee (usually within $100), but a realtor will give advice for free. A realtor, after all, wants your business and their portion of the commission when your house sells. Both an interior designer and a realtor know what is popular in the current housing market—letting you make the appropriate changes to make your home look more desirable.
Tip 2: Inspect Your Home
Though you have likely lived at your home for at least several years and nothing has seemed amiss, there are countless things that could be going on that you are unaware of. Before a potential buyer has their own inspector come to your home, it is a good idea to do your own inspection, that way you are prepared to face the unknown. Possible issues may include termite damage, electrical issues, roofing problems, leaky pipes (which leads to mold), etc. You can make the appropriate measures to ensure these are fixed prior to anything going forward in the selling process. Be aware that any issues that are found may lead to significant costs, but they will have to be fixed since they are more than simple cosmetic issues.
Tip 3: Make the Decision to Make Repairs or to Sell as Is
It’s likely that you’ll have to do a few things to spruce up and rejuvenate your home. Things get dated, and when they do, they become unappealing. You always have the option to sell “as is” yet you risk not attracting a wider pool of potential buyers. To attract potential buyers, you’ll have to make the decision to do some remodeling—whether it’s big or smaller projects. Smaller projects include interior painting, updating light fixtures and faucets, etc. Larger projects include: adding new flooring through out the home, kitchen updates (replacing cabinets, adding backsplash, etc.), bathroom updates (replacing vanities, sinks, updating standing showers or tubs, etc.). Not all updates yield the same return, for example, kitchen and bathroom remodels will bring significant value to your home.
As you prepare your home to be on the market, simple things, such as installing an affordable home security system will appeal to buyers. Every little thing you can do counts when you want to sell!