Ready, Set, Move!

Most buyers, especially first time homebuyers, agree that finding a property in "move-in ready" condition is important to them. So sellers, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. 

Making your home move-in ready doesn't necessarily mean doing costly kitchen and bath renovations. It does mean addressing safety issues, as well as performing maintenance tasks, both minor (such as fixing leaky faucets and drawers that stick) and major (like fixing faulty appliances or problems with heating/cooling systems). To that end, consider having your home professionally inspected before it goes on the market; the inspection report can serve as a to-do list, ensuring that the property is all fixed up not a fixer-upper.

Getting your home in move-in condition also means making sure its thoroughly clean and neutral in decor. Ideally, buyers want to be able to move into a property where they can apply their personal touch without having to first remove yours. In other words, your decor should be a blank canvas - so give your walls a fresh coat of paint in a neutral tone and if not already a neutral shade consider replacing the carpet as well.

Just as buyers want a move-in ready home, you want top dollar for your property. So, while putting work and money into your home only to turn around and sell it might seem counterproductive, doing so will help to justify a higher asking price than you could set for the home if it required more work on behalf of its new owners.

 

Tricia Greer

Tricia Greer

REALTORĀ®
CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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