Thinking about putting your home on the market and wondering what you could do to increase your odds at selling it? You’re not alone. Although the experts agree that the residential real estate market is continuing on an upwards trend, it often takes more than just a For Sale sign on the front lawn to interest homebuyers in your home.
Today’s homebuyers are a savvy lot. In fact, making your residence really attractive will require more than just a neat and tidy living room to really leave a lasting impression with potential homebuyers. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your home for sale.
Stand out on the sidewalk in front of your house and look at your home with an objective eye -- the eye of a potential home buyer. Now get ready to put your best foot forward. Start by creating a welcoming first impression, which will increase your home’s curb appeal. By neatly pruning trees and shrubs, freshly painting window and door trims, regularly sweeping the front porch or driveway, and hanging a friendly wreath on the front door, you can enhance the overall look of your home. A high degree of curb appeal will also encourage "drive-by" homebuyers to inquire about the interior benefits of your dwelling.
Create an airy, inviting feel to your home. Open your window coverings and let the light shine into your living spaces. Clean or replace stained or torn flooring and spruce up those walls with a fresh coat of neutral-coloured paint. This will allow prospective homebuyers to more easily imagine your home with their furnishings in the rooms.
Clean, clean, clean! A home that has been loved and cared for is very attractive to potential homebuyers because it gives them confidence in the current owner's conscientious upkeep of the property. Clearing out the garage, basement or pantry and washing windows will emphasize positive qualities inherent in any home.
Today’s homebuyers will check into the nooks and crannies of houses they are considering to purchase. More often than not, homebuyers will employ the services of a home inspector to confirm or dispute the soundness of a dwelling. Are you confident your house will pass the test?
Step back and take a close look at your home. Identify those repairs you've been putting off season after season. For instance, do your roof shingles make the grade? How about that draft coming through the second floor windows or does the bathroom tub need a re-caulking job? Attention to details such as these make your home more desirable. Consider repairing or replacing items not in top condition.
Remember, many qualities already in your residence often require just a small upgrade in order to make your home a more attractive prospect.