With home prices sharply on the rise, millions of people across the country may be considering selling once spring rolls around. However, this isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly and it requires preparation that should begin as early as possible.
What are the Basics?
The first thing that should go into any home sale prep work is a careful assessment of the structure of the home itself. Is there any chipped paint, worn-out carpet, or other things that homeowners might choose to live with but would be a potential turnoff to a would-be buyer? If so, the room should be cleaned thoroughly and/or replace anything that needs replacing. This applies to both the interior and exterior of the house and where the latter is concerned, this is extremely important to boost curbside appeal.
De-cluttering every room of a house is key giving a relatively neutral-feel. That means removing family mementos, as well as repainting rooms with more muted colors, as it allows shoppers who stop in for an open house to better picture themselves living there.
Getting it Right
It’s important for homeowners to make sure everything in the house works as it should, according to The Balance. If, for example, there has been an issue with the stove’s pilot light malfunctioning on occasion, it’s vital to get that fixed. The same is true of testing garage door openers, sinks, toilets, garbage disposals, exhaust fans and the like.
It’s also a good idea to open and close every window and door, to make sure they don’t stick, creak or otherwise present a troublesome function that might frustrate a potential buyer. Finally, making sure any aspect of the central ventilation system – heating and cooling, regardless of season – is in good working order will also help expedite the real estate sales process.
With today’s high-demand seller’s market, there’s a perception that homes “sell themselves.” However, for current homeowners who want to get through the sales process with multiple bids and a quick turnaround, doing all the little things can help ensure their properties sell as quickly and easily as is reasonable. Working with a real estate professional can help identify the areas that could pose the biggest issues, and address them in the best way possible.
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