How much should you spend?
If possible, nothing at all.
You will never get a second chance to make the first impression, and appearance is everything. Simply cleaning, de-cluttering and depersonalizing will be the most significant three steps you take as a seller to prepare your home to hit the market. Consider the moment you walk into a nice hotel room; simple, fresh, and inviting. That is exactly how your potential buyer should feel when they enter your home for the first time.
Make it shine from top to bottom. This may sound obvious, but it can not be stressed enough. Buyers will be looking in your cabinets, showers, closets, and other hiding spaces, therefore sweeping dirt and clutter under the rug will not be good enough. An unkempt home raises concerns for a buyer as to the overall condition of the home and just how well you have taken care of it. If you are not the type to scrub tile grout or dust fan blades, consider hiring a professional for one good cleanse.... particularly if you own pets!
This could take some time, but consider it your first step to packing up for the move. Whether removing big items such as exercise equipment from the master bedroom, shelves of collectible dolls from the dining room or the kids toys from the living room, it will pay off when showing the home. Less clutter will always give an impression of more space and creates an aesthetically pleasing environment.
The goal is to help buyers imagine themselves living in the home. Removing personal items will give buyers less of a feeling of intrusion and they will be less distracted by your personal items. Remove the photos, the kid’s art projects from the fridge and please hide your collection of homemade coffee mugs. Even items that declare your patronage to your favorite sports team can deter a buyer with the same passion for your rival!
Maybe spend a few dollars.
“Polishes” and “touch ups” are what we are talking about, not extensive and costly renovations. As an experienced real estate agent, we understand buyer expectations, 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.
A fresh coat of paint inside or outside of the home has tremendous aesthetic impact. The interior of the home should be simple and neutral, and even a fresh coat of the current color will hide any blemishes or fading. Take a look around your neighborhood to ensure the exterior of the home matches the surrounding styles. Painting always seems like a fairly basic task, personally we suggest hiring a professional. We will point you in the right direction.
Strong curb appeal can go a long way toward making up for other shortcomings. Your front yard will always be the first and last thing a buyer sees. So treat it like a good haircut... hire someone to keep it neat and trim!
Spend some time and make a list of the smaller issues that you may have gotten used to around the home. A crack in tile by the front door, dripping shower head, rotted wood on the side of the house, etc. Chances are you can hire someone to go through and fix everything in one day and not break the bank. Even if a buyer doesn't notice these items at first, they will show up on an inspection report. It's worth the time and energy to cross all the items off your "Honey Do List."
Obviously every home is different but we will be more than happy to walk through and make some simple suggestions to help your home show to its full potential.
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