We all know the importance of staging a home when showing it to prospective buyers. But before a seller can even think about staging, an honest assessment of the condition of the house is necessary. There may be some work that needs to be done before a property is fit for listing.
Homeowners shouldn't need to invest large sums in order to sell their homes unless they are dealing with a property in terrible condition. Assuming this is not the case for you, a bit of basic work to prepare your house for sale can go a long way. You should consider doing the following:
1. Clean the Exterior
The concept of curb appeal is an accepted part of selling real estate. Buyers who see a dirty, unkempt exterior will go into your home assuming that you haven't gone to great lengths to take care of the property. Going in with such a negative perception significantly reduces the chances that a prospective buyer will make an offer.
2. Work on the Landscaping
Another big part of curb appeal is landscaping. Make sure to keep the lawn neatly cut and trimmed; re-seed or fertilize dead spots if necessary. Trim the bushes and shrubs as well. If you don't have flowers on the exterior, consider putting in at least a few planters or flowerbeds.
3. Make Structural and Mechanical Repairs
Structural repairs to things such as the roof and foundation are non-negotiable. People are not going to buy your home if there are structural problems. Mechanical repairs also need to be addressed. These include repairs to the plumbing, electric service, etc. As for cosmetic repairs, these can be made on a case-by-case basis.
4. Remove the Clutter
Clutter is a deal killer because it prevents prospective buyers from imagining themselves living in your home. Get rid of the clutter, even if that means renting off-site storage for the time being.
5. Make the Interior Shine
Interior cleaning is just as important as exterior cleaning. Inside your home, everything should shine. From the countertops to windows to floors, make sure your home is white-glove ready. While you're cleaning, take the time to organize closets and shelves, too. Doing so really motivates buyers to think positively.
6. Get Rid of Bright Colors
A lot of people like to brighten up their interior spaces with splashes of bright color. That's great. But the appeal of bright colors is also in the eyes of the beholder. Tone down your bright colors by removing linens and tapestries where you can and applying a fresh coat of paint if need be.
Remember that the point of preparing your home for sale is to present a property that is in good condition and ready to live in. Unless you are specifically offering a fixer-upper project, prospective buyers don't want to feel as though there's a tremendous amount of work to be done before they can move into your home.
Author:Charles D’Agostino Phone: 516-721-8885 Dated: December 8th 2016 Views: 289 About Charles: ...
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