So you have finally decided to sell your home. Maybe you are ready to relocate, maybe you are ready to upgrade or downgrade the size of your home. Whatever the reason, we are here to provide some guidance and tips and what to do before you list your home.
Tip #1 – Consider Your Curb Appeal
Go outside and take a good hard look at your home. Make sure the 1st thing a prospective buyer sees entices them to see more. Yes, it may not seem fair but buyers do often judge a book by its cover. Some easy fixes to maximize your curb appeal (repainting the front door, planting some beautiful flowers, repainting the fence, making sure the lawn is mowed, ect.) Think hard about how to attract a buyer to your home.
Tip #2 – Declutter
Less is more when you are selling your home. Clutter happens, especially when you have lived in a home for a number of years. Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, corners and other visible areas. Also try to declutter any closets, drawers, cupboards and anything else you can think of. Buyers will look into closets. When a buyer walks through your home they are going to try and visualize their stuff in the home.
Tip #3 – Repaint Walls / Get Rid of Any Scuff Marks
A Good idea is to re-paint any walls to a neutral tone. You may love bright orange or purple walls but a buyer may not. Before listing your home you may want to repaint walls to a neutral beige or white. Even if you decide not to paint pay attention for any scrubbing or scuff marks on the wall. Touch up walls, baseboards and doors.
Tip #4 – Fix Loose handles
This is a small thing, but a loose door handle can negatively affect your buyer’s attitude to your home.
Tip #5 – Do an Odor Check
Powerful odors or even slight odors (caused from pets, cooking, ect.) you may not notice but a buyer will. Ask a third party to do an odor check. If you are a smoker the odor from the smoke can offend buyers. Consider getting some nice smelling candles, deodorizers or having the carpet cleaned.
Tip #6 – Clean, Clean, Clean
A great idea before listing your home is to do a major “spring cleaning”. You want your property to look spotless. Take special care and time in cleaning the bathroom (make the tile, bath and counter shine) Be sure to sweep, dust, and get rid of trash.
Our final bit of advice, take special consideration in finding the right real estate agent. We of course would love to be that agent. We have over 20 years of experience in the field of real estate, we are experts in the Campbell and Anderson County areas and we would love to help you sell your home.