As the market slows, more homes will linger on the market and buyers will have more choices. It has never been more imperative that sellers take extra care to make their house as appealing as possible to buyers.
In preparing your home for the market, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck possible. Buyers might be impressed by a much-needed new roof, but they won’t even notice it if the front yard is hopelessly overgrown and a shutter is hanging askew, and they aren’t going to pay a higher price simply because your house has a new roof. “Polishes” and “touch ups” are what you want, not extensive and costly renovations. As an experienced real estate agent, we understand buyer expectations in our local area, and we can advise you specifically on which improvements need to be made and which improvements will get you the highest return on your investment. We can also recommend the best professionals to help you get those improvements done.
As the old adage goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Nowhere is this more true than with home sales. Strong curb appeal can go a long way toward making up for other shortcomings. And don’t forget the backyard, too. A well-manicured front yard and a neglected back yard will make buyers wonder where else you are cutting corners. To enhance your house’s exterior and curb appeal, check the following and repair as necessary:
Now that you have made a favorable impression on potential buyers with your beautiful curb appeal, don’t disappoint with the interior. A few simple “touches” and “polishes” will again translate into favorable impressions and higher offers. To enhance your house’s interior, check the following and make changes as indicated:
The fewer belongings in your house and garage, the larger your space will look. Consider renting off-site storage for extra belongings while your house is on the market. Remember, buyers will also ask to see your garage. Stuffing the garage to the rafters will only give buyers the impression that the house is too small for the average family.
Hold your moving sale BEFORE you put your house on the market.
Many home shows on TV are dedicated to getting homes ready for sale. One favorite is HGTV’s Designed To Sell. Check out a couple of these informative and entertaining programs.
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