Doing These 4 Things Will Sell Your Home Faster — and for More Money
Most buyers begin to house hunt in the spring, making it one of the best times to sell. But even if you are putting your home on the market at the right time, you still need to make sure it is in outstanding condition to help maximize interest — and price. Here are four top tips to consider before selling your home this spring:
1. Tie Up Loose Ends
Buyers want homes that are move-in ready, so you should do all you can to get your house into tip-top shape. Needless to say, a deep clean is in order, but you should also address any cosmetic damage as well as small mechanical problems. This can include filling in cracks; painting walls and trim; replacing broken windows, locks, and light bulbs; and fixing any plumbing or electrical issues.
You want buyers to imagine living in your space, so the clutter must go. Make sure you don’t have a lot of knick-knacks on every surface, and scale back any personal items or family photos. Preparing to sell is a good time to take stock of things you have stored in your garage, closets, and basement to see what can be disposed of. It’s a good idea to put things in storage, especially if stuff is taking up an entire room or preventing you from parking in your garage. The more that goes, the better. Bonus, you’ll have less to move into your new space.
3. Add Curb Appeal
First impressions matter, so even if your home looks great on the inside, potential buyers may avoid looking at it if it’s uninviting from the outside. That’s why it’s so important to add curb appeal to your home, and the spring is the perfect time to do this. Some ideas include reseeding your lawn so there are no bare spots, trimming bushes and shrubs, installing flower boxes with plants that bloom in the spring, repainting your door, and upgrading your mailbox. The yard should be free of debris and you should also address any exterior cosmetic fixes.
4. Stage It
Staging your home will sell it faster and for more money. Unless you’re an interior designer, get a real estate agent that can help you make your home the most marketable it can be. Staging is more than just arranging the furniture properly, so it’s vital to look to a professional for advice.
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