When preparing your home to sell, keep in mind that the first impression of your property is crucial as potential buyers will evaluate the overall condition at a glance. When it comes to selling your home for the best price, there are several things that you can do. You should utilize every opportunity to show your property in its absolute best light possible since this will determine how much money you obtain for it and enable it to sell quickly.
Get a Sense of Market and Competition
Take drives around the area before putting your home on the market to see what other properties look like.
- What do other homes in the neighborhood sell for?
- How long have they been on the market?
For some purchasers, the most significant aspect is a well-maintained home. Some people may be put off from purchasing a property they believe will need more money to maintain.
Seeing your Property from the Buyers' Perspective
Take a look at your house's curb appeal, front and back yard, and driveway. Does anything need repair or a clean-up?
Make sure your driveway and walkways are free of leaves and debris. Fix any holes, cracks, and oil spills. Cut any overgrown plants that are blocking windows or doors.
Repair anything that is broken, touch-up paint, fix floors, doors, and lightbulbs. It will give you more ROI and save time and headaches down the road when negotiating with a potential buyer.
Preparing your Home to Sell
This may sound like an overwhelming task, but getting rid of extra furniture and clutter will open up the space and give potential buyers a better look at all the features your home has to offer.
Besides, it is an excellent time to sort through years' collected possessions and decide what you would like to let go of and what to keep. In some ways donating and getting rid of old things that you are not using anymore can be liberating as you start a new chapter in your life.
Potential buyers will try to find any reason to negotiate the price down, so make sure the house is clean and free of any odors. Clean the stove and oven, wipe down all cabinets, wash carpets, polish wood floors, and wash your windows inside and out. Hire a professional cleaner if necessary.
Professional full or partial staging is highly recommended when selling your home.
"Eighteen percent of sellers' agents said home staging increased the dollar value of a residence between 6% and 10%. None of the agents for sellers reported that home staging had a negative impact on the property's dollar value." - National Association of Realtors
If you're interested in getting a professional price opinion and about how you can prepare your property leveraging our resources to get your home ready for market and get it sold quickly and for top dollar, get in touch with us at eXp Realty.