Things to do before putting Your Home on the Market
Selling your home is an important decision. Make sure your decision is emotionally firm. Sellers need to have a plan of action to present their home in the most positive light. This may require second opinions from friends, family or realtors. A seller must step away from his own emotional opinions of the house. This can be difficult sometimes. That’s why first and foremost, a second opinion is so important.
Keep a notebook handy to list items to make your house the best it can be. Decide on a budget for making repairs and cosmetic changes. Use this budget to decide the degree of updating you’ll do. Ask yourself, “What can I do in this price range?” Do your research using magazines, books and online tips for marketing your home. Use common sense to make your home market ready.
Your budget may allow for professionals who can give advice and complete your to-do lists. These professionals could include an appraiser, home inspector, licensed builder, painter, etc.
Many people don’t have the luxury for these items. If that’s the case, it may be a good time to enlist your family and friends for advice and help. Most cosmetic changes don’t have to break the bank to increase the value of your home.
Are you going to sell the house yourself or enlist a realtor? It’s recommended that you interview several realtors and enlist advice on what’s needed. It’s likely you’ll find their commission is well worth the investment.
Whatever your budget, the following points should be considered before selling your home.
Market analysis from realtor.
What changes will increase home value?
Perform all obvious repairs.
Get a home inspection for full picture.
Replace items that are worn out for appearances.
Check for painting opportunities on inside walls and exterior.
Flooring – Can it be fixed or is replaced?
Carpet – Professionally clean or replace.
Landscaping- Check for curb appeal, keep lawn mowed and bushes trimmed.
Entrance – Important to update appeal from doormat to lighting and knobs.
Kitchen and Baths
Most important rooms for appeal, are they updated?
Are items in working condition?
Repair or replace worn out fixtures are well worth the investment.
De-clutter and de-personalize your home.
Deep clean everything including inside and outside windows.
Arrange furniture to open home to a light and airy appearance.
These are great tips to consider before placing your home on the market. With proper plans and action, your home can be market ready.