Selling your home is a major life decision! If you’re unsure what the next step is, you’re not alone. Most people need some guidance through the process of getting their home ready to sell. Don’t rush to get yours on the market without considering some important steps that should be taken to make sure your home is at its best when perspective buyers pull into the driveway.
The first and most beneficial thing you can do is to “visit” your home. Look at everything you see from the eyes of a visitor, from the driveway to the basement and from the landscaping to the roof. You’ll start to notice little things that you haven’t before-weeds in the cracks of the sidewalk, the front door that needs a good cleaning and fresh coat of paint, or the basement storage area that needs organization. Take a notebook and start making a list of these little things you can fix...things that will make a big difference to a potential buyer.
The amount and kind of work that you should do depends largely on the price you intend to ask, the time you have to sell, and the current condition of the house. If your house is in good condition and you're pressed for time, do the small, relatively inexpensive things that can make a big cosmetic difference.
As far as major projects are concerned, avoid making improvements that don’t have universal appeal. For instance, most buyers will appreciate newly tiled bathroom floors or brand new professional roofing, but not all buyers will be swayed by an expensive swimming pool in the back yard. Make sure that the investment in time and money you make for any project will be recouped in the sale of your house.
Remember the importance of curb appeal! If your home seems charming and welcoming from the street, that makes a great first impression. Interested buyers should feel drawn to come inside and see more of the house. Start with these easy tasks.
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