Spring is one of the best times to sell a house. If you plan to sell your house in a few months, you might be thinking you have plenty of time. After all, you just put away the holiday decorations. However, selling your house is not as simple as calling your Charlotte real estate agent and saying, “Put a sign out front; we’re ready!”
How to Prepare Your Home to Sell
The home you want to sell is one you may have lived in for a while. You may love it and have fond memories of living in it. Selling can be hard, especially when you learn you need to make changes to the house before you can sell it. Making those changes can feel insulting, as though your house isn’t good enough to please people just the way it is. Or it feels like a drag; why spend money improving something just so you can leave? The harsh truth is that buyers have a critical eye, and during the spring sales boom, more houses are on the market. During an open house or viewing, even a few little things might be marked as red flags in the buyer’s eye. Making your home look more appealing is going to help you sell the house and ask for a higher price.
7 Fixes to Help Sell Your Home
Selling your home does not require a complete makeover. However, there are some things that must be changed or fixed if you’re going to find a buyer.
1. Big repairs. If the roof is full of holes or the heating system is kaput, fix the problem. Few buyers are looking for a major home project before moving in. Some savvy buyers will accept a deal, but only after heavily negotiating the price.
2. Kitchen. The kitchen sells the house. Period. Charlotte real estate agents will tell you a kitchen remodel will fetch between 85 and 100 percent return on that investment. If you want to sell your house this year, get going on that kitchen renovation. If you can’t afford an entire remodel, consider changing the cabinets, countertops, or floors, or some combination. Even refacing the cabinets can make a big difference. Appliances do not have to be the latest and greatest, but if yours are very old, replace them with a new model, even if it’s a basic one.
3. Bathrooms. Bathrooms are a big item on any homebuyer’s shopping list. If yours still has linoleum floors, it’s time to consider a makeover. Even a few small changes to the lights, fixtures, and floors make a big difference.
4. Paint. A fresh coat of paint will brighten the space. Bold colors can be toned down to help buyers see the house in a more neutral way. Remember, you want them to see themselves in it, not think about the custom mural of your family painted on the wall.
5. Lighting. Homes with a good amount of light sell better. Change your lightbulbs, wash the curtains, and clean the windows. You can also cut shrubbery that may block the windows and choose less-darkening lampshades.
6. Floors. Whether you have hardwoods or carpets, it’s time for an early spring cleaning. But some floors need a little more help. For example, real hardwood floors that are old may be scratched and require refinishing. Some carpets are worn out and threadbare or are an old style that lacks appeal for today’s buyer. In that case, replace them with something new, preferably in a neutral tone.
7. Curb appeal. Plant a few flowers in the spring and make sure the lawn looks good. Repaint the fence and if the driveway is cracked, recoat the asphalt. If your trim needs a fresh coat of paint, especially white, that’s a good fix, too. Curb appeal is the first thing potential buyers notice, so it’s worth a bit of time and money.
Fast Fixes and Skips
While spending money on some things will help sell your home, you might be able to stage your way around some problems. Here are some fast fixes to get your home ready:
● Deep cleaning. Tile grout looks terrible when it’s dirty or covered in mildew. You may be able to avoid replacing shower or bathroom tile if you hire a crew to do a deep clean and brighten that white.
● Skip big changes to the basement, garage, attic, and laundry room unless something is leaking or in need of serious repair. People make take a hard look at the master bathroom, but that spare bathroom in the basement won’t be weighed as intensely.
Other Home Sale Preparations
This list of fixes doesn’t include tons of other advice a real estate agent will give you about preparing and staging your home. However, it’s a good way to get started as you think about listing in a few months. After all, you need to budget for these changes and some renovations and repairs take time. Contact me for guidance on how to best sell your home.
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