If you’re thinking of building a new custom home, chances are you may have a home to sell. Preparing your home for sale is an essential step in the process, and one that requires planning and consideration. From making minor repairs to taking on major upgrades, it is important to allocate your time and budget wisely and prioritize which changes make sense. By honing in on what matters most, you will make the biggest impact on how quickly your home sells and at top price. Let’s review how to best concentrate your efforts when prepping your home for sale.
Hire an Inspector
The future owners of your home will most likely require a home inspection to be completed. Consider taking action now, before your home is on the market. Hire a licensed home inspector and familiarize yourself with any issues that might arise. You will have the opportunity to make repairs ahead of time, and provide this information to prospective buyers. Taking this proactive approach might save time and money down the line.
Repair and Replace
Along with an inspection, which will focus on major mechanicals, turn your attention to the cosmetic details of your home. Are your color choices bold or outdated? Is your refrigerator near the end of its life expectancy? Whatever you have accepted as quirky flaws in your home, or just haven’t gotten around to fixing or replacing, will not be endearing to potential buyers. Instead of letting those issues stack against you, make a list of all the needed repairs and hire a handyman to knock out these tasks at one time. Update your home to a neutral palette and pay careful attention to your kitchen and baths as well. If all your major components are in good working order, consider a cosmetic make-over that today’s buyers will find attractive.
Tackle Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is all about first impressions. This vital step means ensuring that your front yard and entry area are attractive, well-lit, and neat. A freshly painted front door, polished hardware, a new mailbox, tasteful seasonal décor or plantings all add up to present a positive impression of your home. Make sure your yard is in tip-top shape, too. Neatly trimmed landscaping, mulched beds, and manicured grass go a long way to give your home a favorable impression at first glance.
Any experienced stager will tell you just how important it is to declutter your home. Showcasing collectibles, books, and too much furniture creates a negative impression. Along with appearing cramped and small, potential buyers will find it difficult to envision living in the home. This can be especially true for when sellers are moving because they’ve outgrown their current home. You may find it necessary to pack up and take advantage of offsite storage. If a friend or relative is not available to help with temporary storage, consider renting a storage unit during this time.
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