Prepping your home for sale doesn’t have to be as daunting as it may seem. Making some simple changes to both the exterior and interior living spaces can make a world of difference when getting your home ready to place on the market.
Creating a positive first impression is the key to enticing potential buyers into your home. In order to prevent turning them away at the door, make your exterior as inviting as possible. Paint the front door, if needed, and replace any outdated exterior lighting fixtures. Buy a new welcome mat and house numbers if the old ones are dated or faded. Improve landscaping by mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, and planting flowers. Additionally, cleaning the outside is an essential step to making your home look like new; be sure to clean gutters, outside windows and screens, and pressure wash the exterior. If you are on a budget, this step is a must!
Simplify and Showcase
The interior is where prospective buyers begin to try to envision themselves in the space. In order to make the rooms feel as large as possible, rent a storage unit for extraneous clutter and rearrange furniture to open up the space. Be sure to organize all closets and drawers to give the appearance of ample storage space. Make any necessary minor repairs so that buyers do not have to add that to their mental list of post-purchase expenses. It’s important to stage the inside of your home so that it appeals to most potential buyers; therefore, depersonalize each room by removing family photos, personal items and artwork that may turn off buyers with different taste. Ensure the walls are a neutral color, and keep décor simple.
Prior to a showing, bring extra energy into a space by letting in natural light and bringing nature indoors. Live potted plants or flowers can help fill empty corners and draw attention to features you want buyers to notice. Draw the buyer’s eyes toward any special features you seek to highlight by adding a pop of color with plants or inexpensive throw pillows.
It is important to give each room purpose and highlight the focal points of your home. For instance, let’s say you have a spare room that you’ve been using as a combination of office, crafts room and guest room. In this case, it’s better to stage this space with a single purpose so that it doesn’t confuse buyers. Dress up the bathroom as a spa-like retreat with a stack of plush white washcloths, soft bathmats, and candles. Buyers are notoriously observant, so taking the time and effort to clean your home from top to bottom is crucial. A crystal-clean, odor-free bathroom and kitchen – save, perhaps, for a fresh batch of cookies – can go a long way to allow those walking through your house to begin thinking of it more like their future home!
Last, But Not Least
After adopting some of these tips to make your home sale-ready, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and walk through your home, making notes on what a buyer would notice. Finally, the most important thing is to begin the process of letting go of your home emotionally, and prepare for a photo shoot of your home for listing purposes. With this level of preparedness, an adept Realtor, and a fair market, an offer becomes much more likely.
One of the most common questions I am asked by sellers prior to listing their home is “What needs to be done to my home prior to listing.
While expectations for home improvements vary depending largely on time of year, location of the home, market temperature and competing inventory, there are still some general guidelines that apply to most homes. The National Association of Realtors publishes a Cost vs. Value Report annually with Remodeling Magazine that features various home projects, related costs and their returns, in four regions, including a national average. While this information provides a great benchmark, an experienced real estate agent is the best resource for local market knowledge.
A few of the updates that buyers look for in the Greenville downtown neighborhoods are:
Smooth textured ceilings. “Popcorn” or textured ceilings are a huge turnoff to buyers. While smoothing the ceilings can be a messy job, it’s definitely worth the investment in time and money.
Repaint walls and ceilings. A fresh coat of neutral paint throughout can do wonders in a home – especially older homes where there may be settlement cracks in walls and ceilings. Realtors, interior designers and stagers are great resources for popular paint colors that would work well in your home.
Refinish hardwood flooring. Most of the older homes in the Augusta Road, North Main and Parkins Mill areas have real hardwood floors, some of which are covered by carpet. If you know you have hidden hardwoods it would be worthwhile to have the carpeting removed and the floors refinished. If you have outdated carpet with plywood underneath, replace it with a neutral carpet or spend a little extra to match nearby hardwood floors. Do not install engineered hardwoods or laminate hardwoods in an older home that already has real, hardwood floors. Also, if there’s carpeting in the bathrooms, replace with ceramic tile!
Remove dated wallpaper. There are many homes in the downtown Greenville area that have beautiful, designer wallpaper that has been installed in this decade. While this is generally acceptable to today’s buyers, wallpaper from the 1990’s and earlier should be removed as it dates the home and buyers see it as a big hassle for them to deal with later.
Discuss kitchen and bathroom updates with your agent. This is where I often see the most mistakes, especially when sellers put a new granite countertop on old cabinets that need to be replaced. In this market, it’s often best to leave kitchen and bathroom renovations up to the next owner and make an adjustment in the price to reflect your understanding of the necessary updates.
Make exterior improvements. A few must do’s are:
- paint the front door
- replace dated or worn hardware, including the house numbers
- ensure that the locks work
- caulk windows and doors
- repair cracks in brick
- repair and/or paint fences
- freshen up landscaping
Last but not least, fix any glaring issues to the home’s interior and exterior to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. The less a potential homeowner sees that they will have to do after the home is purchased, the better return for you!
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