Cramped rooms are a buyers turnoff, so make sure you open up and brighten each room. Start with the furniture-remove the oversized pieces, or those that don’t fit the room’s main purpose. For example, get rid of one of your living room end tables, and remove the desk from your family room Buyers should see that there is enough space in the house for their needs.
Next, look at your countertops, shelves and in cabinets. keep the Knick knacks to a minimum, and the decor neutral so buyers can easily picture bringing their lives into your home.
There are two kinds of repairs you should consider before selling your home. The first are cosmetic repairs. These are the “nice tohaves” for buyers, and the associated costs should be relatively low. Repaint rooms to be less bold, and replace outdated light fixtures or hardware. The overall goal is that your home should feel fresh and modern.
Second, you should get a presale home inspection to determine any fixes that could affect your home’s ability to sell. Like a roof leak, cracked ceiling or missing door handles. Buyers can use these to negotiate your selling price down.
Picture yourself as a buyer pulling up to your home for the first me. The lawn is well cared for, the landscaping is impeccable, the front door has a fresh coat of paint. These natural observations set the tone for the entire walk through, so don’t underestimate the importance of curb appeal.
On average sellers who use a real estate agent tend to get a better price for their property than sellers who choose not to hire an agent. Agents understand the local marketing practices necessary to sell your home.
There is a lot of public record data out there, but wouldn’t you rather buyers hear it directly from you? Create a simple binder showcasing the price you paid, past owners and price history, and any upgrades you’ve made to the property. Include a page with recently sold data of similar homes nearby, so buyers know that the neighbourhood is in high demand!
When a buyer is coming to look at your property, it’s important that you leave your home for the dura on of the visit. Make sure your home looks and smells clean, and then get out of Dodge until they’ve left.