Spring has sprung and with it comes the real estate boom. Read on to find out what are the most important things to do before selling your home. It will maximize your resale value and minimize the strain on your wallet so you can put more into the new home of your dreams.
1 – Start Packing to Remove the Knick-Knacks and Clutter
The items in your home that make it “homey” are specific to your taste. They may not appeal to a potential buyer. Also, collectibles and mementos are interpreted as clutter in a buyer’s mind. It’s important for the buyer to notice the home, not your collections or family travel keepsakes. This includes clothing in your closets. You want the closets and rooms to look spacious and overcrowding gives the illusion of a smaller space. Packing these things away make a room look more spacious.
2 – Paint and Repair Walls
Make sure to repair walls from any holes or dents. Painting the walls, a neutral shade like white, cream or gray is important. A potential buyer is more likely to envision their furniture and family in a neutral-colored room. Don’t have time to paint? Call a company that specializes in painting and repair to make your life easier. The Carpet Guys recommend 1-800-PAINTERS
3 – Fix Broken Appliances and Fixtures
It is not recommended that you purchase new appliances if you’re planning on selling your home. It does not increase the value of your home enough to recoup that cost. If you are taking all appliances with you, note it on the sale contract. It is important that the things you are planning on leaving behind are in good working condition. The heating and cooling system should be clean and functional. All pipes and faucets should work well and not leak. If you have any extras like an invisible fence, sprinkler system or wet bar, these should all be working and in good shape. Most real estate agents will recommend that you leave any receipts and manuals that you may have for the appliances, as well.
4 – Replace Broken Windows and Roof
Inspectors and appraisers are focused on major features including foundation, walls, exterior structures, roof, windows, heating, and air conditioning. These things should be in good repair when choosing to sell your home. In most of these cases, especially roof and windows, you can recoup up to 70% of your costs for new in the value of the home at sale. When buying a home, most families do not want a home that will require major repairs like the roof and windows.
5 – Change Dated Light Fixtures and Flooring
The bathrooms and kitchens are an area homeowners’ value. Nothing dates a bathroom or kitchen more than the light fixtures. It’s safe to go with something simple and timeless and make sure to have all working lightbulbs. Fixtures are easy to replace. And if you want to keep your fancy new fan or chandelier, you need to replace it before selling. Otherwise, it is considered a fixture of the home and must stay when you leave. Also, make sure all outdoor lighting is functional and renewed. Many potential buyers will drive by the home at night to see the neighborhood before making a final purchase decision. Equally, you’ll want to make sure your flooring is not damaged or worn. Hardwood gives the highest return on your home’s resale value, but if it’s scratched and dented, it can hurt your chances of finding a buyer quickly. The same goes with carpet. If it’s outdated shag or has wrinkles, a potential buyer may turn away. The Carpet Guys recommend if you replace flooring, go with something practical and inexpensive. Also, make sure it’s a neutral color like cream, tan or gray.
Once you have completed this initial checklist, make sure to keep the home clean and ready for walk throughs. It helps to have your landscaping trimmed and some flowers planted. It may seem daunting, but it will pay off. And when you decide where you are going to live after you move, don’t forget to call The Carpet Guys to refresh your new home with the flooring of your dreams. We provide an installation warranty that will last for the life of your home ownership! Set up an appointment today for a Free In-Home Estimate or call us at 855-4-MY-GUYS (855-469-4897).
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