For today’s guest post on getting your home ready to sell, please welcome Logan Allec from Money Done Right.
Selling your home can be a time-consuming process, and you can typically increase the sale price by making a few last-minute changes. Depending on the home’s current condition, your real estate agent may recommend drastic transformations or just some simple adjustments.
This article will cover some of the best ways to prepare your home for sale and maximize its market value. Again, you should talk about these ideas with your agent—they have the knowledge and experience necessary to identify the most effective strategies for your unique situation.
Organize Storage Spaces
Storage areas and spaces are typically among a buyer’s top priorities, and disorganization can turn visitors away from your home. You don’t need to take everything out, but you should probably go through closets, drawers, and cabinets to make sure everything is in order.
It might sound counterintuitive, but stuffed storage spaces generally look smaller than those that are clearly organized and have at least some empty space. In your closet, for example, try to have at least a few inches between each article of clothing.
Furthermore, keeping your house tidy demonstrates to buyers (and their agents) that you’re a responsible homeowner. This will give them more confidence in your home’s condition. Even if they don’t think about it, they’re more likely to come away with a positive first impression if your home is well-organized.
Fix Up Small Problems
You probably don’t want to take on any large projects before moving out. That said, fixing more minor issues can substantially increase your sale price, and this is generally a worthwhile investment. As with poor organization, small problems in a home can add up to a bad impression.
Cracked counters and floors, for example, will negatively impact your aesthetic and require the buyer to manage repairs on their own. Most buyers will pay significantly more for a home if they know that it doesn’t need major maintenance or renovations.
Similarly, you should look for things like sticking drawers, burnt-out bulbs, leaky faucets, and rooms with distracting colors. Remember to keep blinds or curtains open during showings in order to let in more natural light.
Touch Up the Exterior
Your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers see when visiting, and improving curb appeal is one of the most cost-effective projects you can take on before putting a home on the market. Even a few small changes can have a substantial impact on your home’s aesthetic value.
First, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door, especially if it’s currently an unconventional color. Stick to traditional options like gray and black rather than alternatives that may turn off some buyers.
You should also take some time to fix up your lawn or hire professionals to take care of your yard. Dead grass could negatively affect your sale value, and you can add things like flowers and shrubs to further improve curb appeal.
Prepare the Home for a New Owner
You’re probably planning to take a lot of items with you when you move, and it’s important to remove anything that won’t be there when the buyer moves in. Chandeliers, window coverings, fixed appliances, and more should be removed whenever possible—it’s better to get rid of them now than to have to tell a visitor that they don’t come with the property.
Similarly, you should try to minimize furniture in order to create a less distracting atmosphere. A storage unit can help you transition into a new home while simultaneously removing clutter while you show your old home to potential buyers.
Perform a Deep Cleaning
Homes tend to accumulate a large amount of dirt, dust, and other debris, and it’s easy to overlook these imperfections. That said, visitors are much more likely to notice them, so it’s critical to thoroughly clean your home before showing it to potential buyers.
You can start with simple tasks such as vacuuming, washing windows, and dusting your home’s furniture. Some homeowners hire professional cleaning companies for a deep cleaning that includes things like polishing mirrors, recaulking sinks and showers, and waxing the floors.
Hiring cleaners might sound like an unnecessary expense, but a few hundred dollars is a small investment compared to how much more a clean house could sell for. Deep cleaning your own house can take a significant amount of time, and you still may not match the performance of experienced professionals.
Talk to Friends and Family
Homeowners often overlook flaws after spending years in the same place, so you might not be aware of every issue. People who have spent some time in your home may be able to identify more things that could make your home less desirable once it’s on the market.
Of course, your real estate agent should have much more experience selling homes, so they can also provide valuable input. Whoever you ask, it’s important to get some outside feedback so that you don’t miss anything that could have been easily fixed.
Paint the Interior
In addition to repainting your front door, you should also consider painting rooms that have strange colors or outdated paint jobs. A fresh coat of paint can make any room look and feel much more welcoming, and you’re probably desensitized to old paint jobs if you’ve been living there for a long period of time.
There’s no single “best” color to use when painting the interior, but neutral colors tend to perform better than others when it comes to sale value. This includes options like beige, gray, and off-white for living rooms and bedrooms. Yellow is a common choice for kitchens, but it’s important to avoid overly vivid shades.
Homeowners often try to sell their homes in as-is condition, but basic repairs and a quick retouching have the potential to add a lot to the sale price. These are just a few of the best projects to consider if you’re looking for ways to maximize your home’s value.