9 Things to Do Now, to Get Your Home Ready to Sell in 2019
Selling your home is a huge decision and taking the time now getting your home ready can have a significant impact on the value and how quickly your home sells once listed. Whether this is your first time selling a home or your tenth, below, you’ll find easy and inexpensive tips to maximize your home’s value and increase your bottom line.
Order Exterior Photos of Your Home now
Photos are often the first thing a buyer sees when looking at your home online and we all know how important first impressions are. Having great photography when selling your home is essential and having those photo’s showcase your home in the most flattering scenery is necessary.
If you plan on listing your home before spring, you should have professional photos taken now, before the winter season. The vibrant landscape and blue skies are great for a natural backdrop of the exterior of your home.
Tackle Outdoor Repairs
While the weather is still relatively warm, it’s an ideal time to tackle any exterior maintenance or repairs needed to showcase your home in the best possible light. Painting, caulking around doors and windows, cleaning up leaves, clearing debris out of the gutters, landscaping and roof repairs to name a few.
Another benefit of making repairs now, versus waiting to when you have an offer in hand, is it reduces the potential for these items to show up on a home inspection report when you do have a buyer for the home.
Focus on Curb Appeal
It’s important for your home to have curb appeal when the buyer pulls up to the home for the first time. It can add value and help your home stand out and shine. A fresh coat of paint on the entry door, or replacing the door all together can have a drastic impact on your homes curb appeal. Having a clean and maintained landscape will give the impression of a well loved and cared for home.
Keep in mind the porch or entryway is the first impression and often the buyer will look at everything with a keen eye, especially if they are left waiting for their Realtor to arrive or while their agent retrieves the key from the lockbox to unlock the front door. These few minutes can give them an impression of a maintained or neglected home.
Declutter, Get Organized and Depersonalize
Taking the time to go through your home and remove any items you no longer need or can place in storage will have a lasting impression on how your home shows. The fewer things you have in each room helps make the room appear larger. Large bulky furniture changes the dynamic of the room versus sleek furniture you can walk around. And there is another benefit to decluttering and organizing your home; it will make it easier to keep it in show-ready condition.
Another thing to consider is depersonalizing the home. Buyers when viewing your home, want to imagine their lives living in the house, not yours. Personal items like large collections of sports memorabilia, trophies, figurines and family photos can become focal points and distractions. Buying a home is an emotional process and having a buyer imagine themselves in the house will do wonders for your bottom line.
Invest in A Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Investing $400-$600 to have a home inspection conducted before placing your home on the market, can save you thousands when you sell your home. Conducting a pre-listing home inspection can limit or remove any issues a buyer may find and reduce their ability to renegotiate the purchase price instead of credits or repairs.
Often when negotiating repairs for items on an inspection report, they are overinflated and can be flat out ridiculous. Missing light switch cover plate, the buyer wants a $500 credit, give me a break. It happens all the time, so eliminating these items can make it less stressful and pave the way for a smooth closing.
Walk Your Property with A Realtor or Stager
Having your Realtor or a home stager walk through your home and suggest low-cost ways to maximize your home’s value. This can include removing or rearranging furniture to make the rooms look larger or optimize the flow of your home. They could provide you tips on decluttering, or whether or not a fresh coat of paint may be in order. Should you replace or remove carpeting, refinish hardwood floors, update cabinet hardware or light fixtures.
A professional can provide you unbiased suggestions that will make an impact on how well your home shows and can increase the market value.
Don’t Forget About the Paint
Let’s face it; some buyers cannot look past the colors on the walls, especially when they are custom or bold colors. To help draw their focus to the features, amenities, and size of the home, it is best to paint your house in neutral colors. Neutralizing your home with a fresh coat of paint can go a long way to making your home feel fresh and move-in ready.
Fix Any Broken Items
Whether or not you invest in a pre-listing home inspection, fixing broken items in your home has two benefits. The first is to eliminate them from becoming an issue on an inspection report. The second reason is it gives the appearance of a well-maintained home. Nothing is worse than having a buyer feel the house has been neglected, if they are interested in the home, it will reflect in their purchase offer.
Some things to look at can be loose or broken door locks or handles, ripped window screens, knobs and buttons missing on appliances, loose railings, broken appliances, and even burnt out light bulbs. Don’t forget about things like caulk around sinks and bathtubs. Many of these items may be minor, and you may have lived with them for years, but a buyer is going to look at them differently. It’s better to take care of them now then have to negotiate them later.
Request A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)
Having a clear picture of your home’s market value can help you while you are still in the planning stage. Knowing the current value can help you develop a strategy for selling your current home and plan out the purchase of your next home. Your broker can provide you with an updated CMA of your home. Just keep in mind, pricing and market conditions can change between now and when you list your home, so an updated CMA will be necessary right before you list.
First impressions can make or break the sale of your home; I hope you find these easy and inexpensive tips to maximize your home’s value useful and enlightening. Taking the first step in a strategy to sell your home now can reduce the stress that often comes with selling a home later.