Getting the best deal when selling your house, whether that is offers above asking price or receiving more offers in general, is all about making your home stand out in a good way. if you're thinking of selling your home, read on to learn important tips and things to consider.
1. Make Essential Repairs:
Example of possible necessary repairs include patching holes and cracks in the walls and ceiling and fixing broken appliances. Making necessary repairs in advance can also help expedite the closing process.
2. Be Cautious with Updates:
Every buyer is different and has different preferences, so avoid expensive remodeling of entire rooms such as the kitchen, bedrooms or bathrooms. Removing personality from the space enables it to appeal to the widest range of people. Instead, updates to hardware and adding a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color is ideal. It is important to be sensible with the money you invest into updates, as often times very large renovations cost more than one recoups upon selling.
3. Create a Clutter-Free Oasis:
When your home is clean and organized, it gives buyers the impression that the home has been well-maintained. Wipe down baseboards and cabinets, and dust everything (don't forget air vents)! You can easily tidy a room by making the beds, de-cluttering closet spaces, cleaning the windows, opening the blinds, removing dusty drapes, and turning on the lights.
4. Boost your Curb Appeal: You only have one opportunity to make a first impression and small changes can have a huge impact. The appearance of the house from the outside largely impacts how many buyers walk through the front door. Low-cost cosmetic improvements to enhance curb appeal are smarter investments than expensive remodeling projects. Improvements such as replacing or painting the front door, adding a new light fixture, power washing the driveway and front walkway, and trimming trees and hedges makes buyers excited to see the inside of your home when they pull up.
5. Don’t Forget your Outdoor Living Spaces: Due to many people spending more time at home or working remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a new focus on outdoor spaces. Many spend more time outside enjoying their outdoor living spaces than they did pre-covid. It is important to consider that buyers may be paying additional attention to your home’s outdoor spaces and to care for it accordingly. At a minimum, ensure your home has a well-cut lawn, a clean and tidy patio, and quality garden furniture.
6. Know When to Sell:
The best time to sell is when inventory levels are at their lowest and buyer demand is at the highest. This is true of the current market.
7. Be Flexible:
There is always the possibility that selling your house has less to do with your property and more with how you interact with potential buyers. For example, if a buyer needs to close on a certain timeline, try to make it happen. Another example is if a buyer is in love with an item in your home, consider including it in the offer.
8. Work with a local expert:
The average homeowner may buy or sell a house only a few times in their lifetime. Therefore, you’ll greatly benefit from professional help and guidance to get the most out of your home’s sale. Your agent will serve as a coach to help you make the right decisions and help navigate the laws, customs, and marketing of a home sale. Your agent will also complete a comparative market analysis (CMA) that will show you what similar properties in the area have sold for recently, so you can make the most money but also attract buyers and sell your home more quickly.
Overall, preparing to sell your house does not have to be expensive or stressful. By, incorporating timeless trends, preparing your outside space, using inviting, neutral colors, and working with your local experts, you'll be on your way to a sold home!
Please contact Jimmie Rooks at 803-556-7441 and Dawn D'Egidio at 803-915-6676 for expert assistance selling your home!
Author: Grace D'Egidio