Most people try to get as much from the sale of their property as possible when selling. If you’re planning on listing your property, you are probably doing a little bit of research as to how to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers, stage appropriately, and make your home look as attractive as possible. Because I work with both buyers and sellers, I have the inside scoop as to what buyers are looking for and how sellers can appeal to these types of buyers.
Here are five simple steps to improving the value of your home whether or not you are selling.
#1. Start outside first.
If you plan on selling, local multiple listing services require a picture of the outside of your house or the view from the house. Most people choose the front image of their house, so this is one of the first impressions a potential buyer will have about your property. Make sure that the grass is mowed or that landscaping is trimmed and neat. Consider repainting the front door and/or the trim of the house so that the home stands out a little bit more. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on the exterior of the home but it does need to be clean, attractive, and trimmed up. When people come to tour the house they will usually stand at the front door for a few minutes while the agent is gaining access. There should be enough room at this point for both buyers, agents, and anyone they have brought along. If it’s too crowded, this may give them a false sense of clutter, which is something you don’t want buyers to feel.
#2. Start at the entryway.
Once buyers come into the house what is the first thing that they see. Is there plenty of space? Is it inviting, warm and comfortable? A nice, neutral paint color, neutral yet comfortable decor and a clean environment is always the best way to go.
#3. Consider the fixtures.
Are your doorknobs, cabinet hardware, appliances, cabinets, bookshelves, and faucets updated or are they outdated? You don’t have to spend a lot of money updating all of these things but if your home was built in the 1950s to the 1970s and it is never been upgraded, it’s time to put a little bit of money into the home in order to make it attractive to today’s buyers. Talk to your real estate agent about maximizing your improvement dollars. Not everything needs to be updated but some things are essential when marketing to all types of buyers.
#4. Repair or replace.
If you’ve lived in the home for a long time you may become blind to a lot of small issues that have cropped up over the years. You may not even notice these things anymore so trusted friend or even your real estate agent, go through the house while you make notes about small repairs or replacements that the home might need. These items might be a broken or missing blind, dirty or sticky window tracks, missing or jagged door jams, dirty ceiling fans, missing tiles or separations in laminate flooring. You’ve probably gotten used to these items over the years but potential buyers will pick them out like a sore thumb.
#5. Clean, clean, clean.
Clean like you’ve never cleaned before! If it’s easier, hire someone to clean once a week until the house sells. I know this seems like a lot but the longer a house is on the market, the more lax we get about keeping it clean. Add kids to the mix and it’s even harder. One little tip I’ve told sellers; don’t make any more of a mess that would take longer than 30 minutes to clean up. You never know when you could get a call for a showing. Be ready and ‘on’ at all times.
The better a house looks, the cleaner it is and if it’s priced correctly, it won’t be on the market that long. Let’s get it sold FAST! Call me today!