Things to consider when listing your home
While your home may be perfect "as is" for you and your family, there are a few necessary steps that every homeowner should consider in order to ensure that their home will sell quickly and at the highest price possible.
Have Your House Professionally Cleaned
This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but in this market you need to do everything possible to make your home stand out. Giving your home a clean, fresh appearance really appeals to potential buyers.
Make All Necessary Minor Repairs
This is an inexpensive way to give your home a finished look and will convince potential buyers that the home is in good repair. This includes fixing any damage to walls and ceilings, installing new faucets or lighting fixtures, and making any cosmetic changes to the kitchen and bathrooms that will give your property a more update appearance.
Clear The Clutter
Giving your home an open and clean appearance can definitely make a huge difference in attracting buyers. Be sure you straighten up any messy areas of the home, and depersonalize it by removing most photos and any items or collections that may distract buyers during open houses or while looking at pictures of your home. Remember, you are going to be "on the market" so day to day convenience has to be secondary.
Look At Your Home From A Buyer's Perspective
Since you are familiar with it, sometimes you may not notice small imperfections or areas of your home that may be noticeable to potential buyers. Try to take a walk through your home and on your property with fresh eyes, and be as critical as you would be if you were looking to buy your house again.
Make Repairs To The Exterior
Don't forget the front and back yards, as well as the roof and siding of your home when making repairs to your property. Your investment is always worth it and creating curb appeal can really make a difference in attracting buyers....you hear it all the time but it's absolutely true - FIRST impressions count the most.
Have A Professional Home Inspection
Having a home inspection prior to putting your house on the market is a huge benefit to both you, as the seller, and the potential buyers. You eliminate the "surprise" of finding out any major issues once you are under contract and the buyers see it as a positive sign that you have invested in having a pre-listing inspection done. This does not mean that the buyers won't have their own inspection, but it alleviates the stress of not knowing what might be found.
Consider Major Renovations if Necessary
If your kitchen or bathroom is very outdated or in bad repair, or you have electrical, plumbing, or mold problems, these are all issues that can really stall the sale of your property. When there is a large supply of houses on the market, fixing these problems will usually not only make your home sell more quickly, but will also increase the value of your home far beyond the expense associated with making the repairs in the first place.