Even in a seller’s market, where inventory is limited, and bidding wars are common, it pays to spend some time and effort preparing your home to sell for top dollar.
This effort can include a variety of steps, such as working with a real estate agent who is well-versed in the local market and investing in key renovations and improvements that will entice buyers to pay a higher asking price.
A real estate lawyer will probably arrange all of the funds transactions and hold money in earnest for clients, draw up often the sales contract and virtually any disclosures associated with your property and also review any sales gives you receive to ensure your best pursuits are represented.
Choosing which home improvements to invest in can be difficult, and the costs can quickly add up. The key is to invest in projects that will provide the highest return on investment. Garage door, kitchen, and bathroom upgrades are usually noticed by the buyers.
It is important not to overlook curb appeal: You never get a second chance to make a first impression, as the saying goes. “Make sure your front yard is clean, the bushes are pruned, and the grass is cut,” advises Lee-Duffy. “Add some bright potted plants by the front door as well to make buyers feel welcome.”
Spending a little money on high-quality photography can help your house sell for a higher price as the majority of people look for properties online
There are two rules of thumb for home staging: less is more and keep it neutral.
It is critical to pique the interest of buyers right away. Pay special attention to the entry hall and invest heavily in staging it. Repaint; add flowers; purchase a new area rug, a large mirror, or a dramatic piece of art.
Remove personal objects and clutter that visually shrink a room, such as large ottomans or too many plants, and leave only one or two new-looking appliances on the kitchen counters.
Photos, souvenirs, religious symbols, hobby supplies, diplomas, awards, your child’s artwork on the refrigerator, and anything else that adds to its personalization should be removed. Potential buyers will not see themselves living in your home if they feel they are invading your personal space.
Minor repairs may be viewed as a reason for buyers to negotiate the price down. If the repairs are excessive, they may dismiss the house as being poorly maintained. Minor repairs, on the other hand, can make a significant difference. Examine each room as if you were a buyer, noting what needs to be fixed. Make certain to check:
- Kitchen and bathroom tiles
- Faucets, to ensure they work properly and do not leak
- Doors should be checked to ensure that they open and close properly and do not squeak.
- Appliances that will be sold along with the house
- For holes and dents in walls and floors
- The HVAC system and the water heater
- Windows should be checked to ensure that they open and close properly and that the paint is not peeling.
- Light bulbs and
Cleaning is another thing to do before showing your home. Clean houses sell faster. Dirty houses don’t. Follow this checklist before an open house or home showing to ensure that your visitors have a positive experience.
- The garbage has been removed.
- There is no dirty laundry on the floor and no dirty dishes in the sink.
- Place pet toys away
- Make sure the cat litter boxes are clean.
- Prepare the beds
- Always keep the toilet seats and lids down!
- Examine your bathrooms thoroughly.
- Sweep and vacuum
- Make a quick sweep of the yard and tidy up anything out of place.
When it comes to home staging, lighter is better! To allow natural light to flood your home during daytime showings, open your blinds and curtains and turn off all artificial lighting. Potential buyers will have a much better first impression if they walk into a bright, airy space rather than a dark space.
I understand the desire to reduce energy consumption. However, you should make an exception when selling your home. Follow these guidelines to keep your home for sale well-lit, bright, and comfortable during home showings and open houses.
- Open all of the drapes and shades.
- Turn on the lights in each room.
- Turn on the air conditioning in the summer to keep it cool but not cold.
- Turn up the heat in the winter to keep it warm but not hot.
- Make sure to turn on the outdoor lighting as well.
This is especially important if you are selling your home as a for sale by owner. I understand that you will be giving prospective homebuyers a tour without the involvement of a real estate agent. Determine where you want to begin, where you want to end, and what features you want to highlight. Experiment with your routine and presentation.
I’d also like to provide you with a few pointers. Begin with the inside of the house. The majority of people prefer to see the inside first. Second, go through it floor by floor. Third, get them to the kitchen as soon as possible. Finally, if your bedrooms are larger than the average home, make that clear. A larger bedroom size is appealing.
Depending on the size of the home, showings typically last 15 to 45 minutes. If you pass by and they are still there, simply leave. My buyers have repeatedly overstayed their showing appointments. But why are you asking? Because they adored the property. I’ve started writing an offer many times at the kitchen table of the house we’re standing in. Allow the buyers to go if they are taking their time. Give them a break because they might fall in love with your house.